HeartRescue Partner

Pennsylvania

hrp-pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine's Center for Resuscitation Science is dedicated to research and training that will save lives of people who suffer cardiac arrest. The Center is world renowned for its research and training in therapeutic hypothermia: the cooling of SCA patients to minimize brain and organ damage.

Key Strengths

  • Research leader in SCA response, exploring the full spectrum of resuscitation science.
  • Hosts semi-annual Hypothermia and Resuscitation Training Institute (HART) which attracts clinicians from around the world to learn about post-resuscitation care, including the use of therapeutic temperature management (TTM), and other treatments to improve patient outcomes.
  • Strong focus on EMS and hospital data integrity at the local, regional and state level.

Key Results to Date

  • Developed the Myheartmap project, a social media crowdsourcing contest to locate AEDs in Philadelphia. Participants take photos of defibrillators with their cell phones and submit them to the project website at www.myheartmap.org. The goal of the project is to create a database and map for the 911 center and the public to use in emergencies.
  • Partnering with the Pennsylvania Bureau of EMS to offer EMS Resuscitation training to educate providers on effective techniques to improve systems of care within regions.
  • Collaborating with communities on CPR training to increase awareness and bystander response, particularly in rural and at-risk populations.

Success Story Articles

Crowdsourcing Good Samaritans (The Economist, September 2011)
Miracle Survivor Meets their SEPTA Rescuers (SEPTA, January 2012)
Back From the Dead” Newsweek July 2007 (Newsweek, July 2007)
CPR in 2 minutes, a video from CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Cheating Death” special, featuring Benjamin Abella, MD and Marion Leary, RN  

Contact
Kathryn DiPuppo Tucker Program Director
Website: www.med.upenn.edu/resuscitation
 

The Team

Lance B Becker

Lance B. Becker, M.D.
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Resuscitation Science
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 
Benjamin S Abella

Benjamin S. Abella, M.D. MPhil FACEP
Clinical Research Director
Center for Resuscitation Science
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 
Raina Merchant

Raina Merchant, MD MS
Assistant Professor
Project Director MyHeartMap Challenge
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Emergency Medicine

 
Marion Leary

Marion Leary
Assistant Director of Clinical Research
Center for Resuscitation Science
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 
Kat Tucker

Kathryn DiPuppo Tucker
Program Director
Center for Resuscitation Science
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 
Julie Griff

 

Julie Griff
Community Education Coordinator
Center for Resuscitation Science
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania