Transforming the paradigm of sudden cardiac arrest resuscitation: Patient-specific treatment through innovative technology


To improve the rate of resuscitation following sudden cardiac arrest with individualized, patient-specific resuscitation guidance

Anticipated Impact: 

More effective resuscitation following sudden cardiac arrest, leading to fewer deaths and decreased disability


Out-of-hospital heart attacks, or sudden cardiac arrests (SCA), are a major public health challenge and account for 10 percent of deaths in the United States. Public health researchers from the University of Washington and the Seattle & King County Department of Public Health have improved the rate of successful resuscitation from a typical 20% to a world-leading 60%. Further improvements to the resuscitation rate will be achieved through development of an individualized approach, “Smart Resuscitation.” Working with leading defibrillator manufacturer and commercialization partner Philips, algorithms that measure the CPR rate, identify the heart rhythm during continuous CPR, and gauge the heart’s physiologic status will be combined into a prototype defibrillator that will inform patient-specific treatment during SCA resuscitation. LSDF funds will be matched with an equal total from King County EMS and Philips Healthcare (which has its primary research and development program in emergency care and resuscitation in Bothell, Washington). This grant builds on work funded through a previous LSDF grant.

Collaborating organizations: Philips Healthcare, Seattle & King County Department of Public Health

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Grant Update

Principal Investigator:
Thomas Rea
Grantee Organization:
University of Washington
Grant Title:
Transforming the paradigm of sudden cardiac arrest resuscitation: Patient-specific treatment through innovative technology
Grant Cohort and Year:
2015 Matching (05)
Grant Period:
05/01/2015 - 04/30/2017 (Active)
Grant Amount:
During this phase of the Smart Resuscitation project, the team has developed the data infrastructure to test, refine, and validate algorithms designed to measure CPR in real-time. The data infrastructure entails detailed second-by-second review to generate a “gold-standard” from which to compare the Smart Resuscitation algorithms for detecting and measuring CPR. Creation of the data infrastructure also required formal agreements between the stakeholder organizations to include 1) the University of Washington and Philips Healthcare and 2) the University of Washington and King County Emergency Medical Services. Given this progress to date, the Smart Resuscitation team is proceeding to actively refine algorithms for real-time CPR detection and rhythm identification. These activities involve regular, face-to-face collaboration with investigators from the University of Washington, King County EMS, and Philips Healthcare.

Impact in Washington

Location of LSDF Grantee
Locations of Collaborations/Areas of Impact

Legislative Districts:
1, 11, 34, 36, 37, 43, 46

Health Impacts

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation