Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry
The Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry (VACAR) is a quality assurance initiative. It captures data on all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests attended by emergency medical services in Victoria. The registry commenced in October 1999.
VACAR data is used to monitor response intervals, treatment protocols and cardiac arrest patient outcomes. Ambulance Victoria clinical and operational data is supplemented with outcome data from Victorian hospitals and the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
In 2010, the VACAR commenced interviews with cardiac arrest survivors 12 months after cardiac arrest to follow up on their health-related quality of life.
The VACAR is one of the largest pre-hospital cardiac arrest registries in the world and supports a significant research program into the care of cardiac arrest patients. View a list of our research publications.
Undertaking clinical trials in the pre-hospital environment allows us to expand the evidence base surrounding pre-hospital emergency care.
The following trials are currently enrolling patients or recently reached their target recruitment:
- The FIrst Responder Shock Trial (FIRST)
- The PASS Study: Paramedic Antibiotics for Severe Sepsis
In collaboration with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a number of clinical trials are also underway by clinicians on the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit, including:
- The STOP-MSU Study: Stopping Haemorrhage With Tranexamic Acid for Hyperacute Onset Presentation Including Mobile Stroke Units
- The DIRECT-SAFE Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial of DIRECT Endovascular Clot Retrieval Versus Standard Bridging Thrombolysis With Endovascular Clot Retrieval
- The ETERNAL-LVO Study: Extending the Time Window for Tenecteplase by Effective Reperfusion in Patients With Large Vessel Occlusion
For more information about research at Ambulance Victoria, please email ResearchGovernance@ambulance.vic.gov.au.