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ERC Newsletter March 2017

General News:
 
Endorsement ESICEM Sepsis Guideline by ERC

ERC is proud to endorse the International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock. Sepsis is life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. Sepsis and septic shock are major healthcare problems, affecting millions of people around the world each year, and killing as many as one in four.
ESCAPE - NET: European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network: towards Prevention, Education, New Effective Treatment.

The ERC has enrolled in a new European Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to improve SCA prevention and treatment. This project outlines objectives towards population cohort integration, prevention and treatment. You can find the aims and objectives here.
Congress News:
 
ERC Congress Call for abstracts

The ERC Congress, Resuscitation 2017 will take place in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany on 28, 29 and 30 September. You can find the instructions for submitting your abstract here. The best abstracts will be selected for an oral presentation.  
Deadline for submissions is May 15,2017
Summer school on research

On September 27, in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, the 1st ERC Research Summer School will take place. It starts a 5 year research process with senior researchers mentoring juniors to increase scientific output in the field of resuscitation. It is made possible by the support of a substantial grant by Laerdal Foundation. Next month we will publish a call for applications.
German Resuscitation Council Congress

On the 28th of September the German Resuscitation Council will hold their congress in the morning before the ERC congress begins in Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany. You can download the flyer for the event here.
 
Interesting Reading:
This section of the newsletter is to highlight articles that we found interesting. If you are an ERC member you can access the entire texts of Resuscitation journal articles by first logging in on MyERC and then following the links below. With thanks to
Walter Renier for providing the selection.
Each month you can download one free Article of the Month and an Editorial of the Month.
This month, the Editorial of the Month is: Curiosity killed the cat (scan)
 
Defibrillation: how many Joules?
The study of Anantharaman et al. showed no significant difference in first-shock termination and ROSC rates between 150 J and 200 J during biphasic defibrillation of cardiac arrest patients managed in an in-hospital environment. Patients seemingly responded best at 150 J–200 J and 360 J energy levels. Consideration needs to be given for patients with VF/pulseless VT. Read further here.
OHCA recognition: heterogeneity
Vierick et al. reported that in 73.9% of the cases, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) was recognised. OHCA recognition is a very important factor for patients’ outcome, dispatchers’ and Emergency Medical services’ activation. Because of the heterogeneity in recordings, the authors propose uniform reporting conditions and flowchart. Read further here.
 
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