Vascular Access in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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Faculty Researcher: James Paxton

Contact Details

James H Paxton, MD MBA


Retrospective chart review on patients who experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and were seen in the emergency department (ED) at Sinai-Grace Hospital (SGH) and Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH). The purpose of the project is to determine the relative effectiveness (speed, reliability) of various forms of vascular access for OHCA patients, including intraosseous (IO), peripheral intravenous (PIV), central venous (CVC) and Ultrasound-Guided PIV catheters. The student will participate in data collection including chart review.


Candidates for this position should have an interest in medicine, and be willing to learn about vascular access devices and the medical management of patients with OHCA. Work can be done "off-line," during the student's free time, with occasional scheduled meetings with team members. Must complete specific research training modules online prior to starting work on the project, which will be provided by our research team. Must contact Dr. Paxton at least 2 months in advance of anticipated start date in order to complete all paperwork for the IRB approval and basic research skills training.

Project Timeline

2017-2018 academic year, although start date will be up to the individual student.


Student researcher will collaborate with other research staff to review patient charts and collect data pertaining to the patient's management in the ED, focusing primarily on details related to the form of vascular access that was used in the care of the patient. This will require access to the electronic medical record, which will be facilitated by the research staff. Students are expected to safeguard patient privacy and will be fully trained in basic research skills and how to review charts by members of the research team.

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Last Updated

January 24, 2018