News Update

New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new CPR website, which can be accessed at The website has many new and exciting features including regular news items, social media links, featured researchers, on-going research and details of the support services available to you within the Centre for Pre hospital Research.

Social Media

CPR has now entered the social media space. Follow us on Twitter @CPR_UL and like us on to keep up to date on CPR research activity and events. Both Twitter and Facebook are regularly updated with items of interest to EMS practitioners.

Research Register

CPR has now launched the “Prehospital Research Register”. The register is hosted on the new CPR website and contains details of active prehospital researchers in Ireland. It is hoped that this will help to increase awareness of prehospital research and promote future collaborations between researchers. If you have previously conducted research in the prehospital field and would like to be included in the register please contact Jennifer on jennifer. or 061 234756.

Research Workshop

The topic of our next workshop is Critical Appraisal which will take place in UL on Wednesday 6th February. To register please contact Jennifer on or 061 234756


Quarterly Research Update

The following articles were published recently and may be of interest;
While these articles are published in reputable peer-reviewed journals in many cases the research presented is in the preliminary stages. It is the responsibility of practitioners to ensure that they only operate within their own scope of practise as defined by the PHECC CPGs.

Abstracts for the European Resuscitation Council(ERC)Congress 2012. Resuscitation 83; Supplement 1: e1-e23.
Research abstracts of oral presentations at the ERC “Resuscitation 2012” Meeting 18-20th October Vienna, Austria.

Hafner et al 2012 Inappropriate Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Transports: Results of a National Cohort Utilization Review. Prehospital Emergency Care 16; 4: 434-442

Universal guidelines do not currently exist to indicate which patients should be transported using HEMS. In this study of a national US cohort a very small proportion of flights were deemed to be medically inappropriate based on established criteria.

Winship et al 2012 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation before defibrillation in the out-of-hospitalsetting: a literature review. Emergency Medical Journal 29: 826-829
Does CPR before defibrillation result in increased ROSC rates? This literature review examines the conflicting evidence from recent studies.
Christmas Message
The CPR team wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.We would especially like to thank all of those who were involved with CPR during 2012. We’re already looking forward to a busy research year in 2013!