Tragic Loss of Resuscitation Leader

20 October 2014

Photo: Professor Ian Jacobs, July 2014Professor Ian Jacobs, Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council and co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), died peacefully on Sunday after a sudden illness.

Dr Richard Aickin, Chair of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council says, “The sudden loss of our friend Professor Jacobs is a tragedy for the international resuscitation community. He was a brilliant researcher and clinician, and a man of great vitality. Our hearts and deepest sympathy go to his family.”

The New Zealand and Australian resuscitation councils share especially close ties, and jointly develop resuscitation guidelines that are applicable to both countries. “Professor Jacobs was instrumental in establishing our two countries’ strong relationship,” says Dr Aickin. “We are thinking of our Australian friends during this difficult time.”

Professor Jacobs is recognised as one of the leading contemporary figures in resuscitation. His research areas of interest included resuscitation, emergency medicine, intensive care, trauma, cardiac arrest and pre-hospital medicine. He was also Clinical Services Director for St John Ambulance (WA) and had just been made an Officer of the Order of St John.

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On behalf of the Canterbury District Health Board’s Resuscitation Committee and CORE Instructors we would like to offer our condolences and sympathy to Ian’s family and friends. We have many fond memories of a dedicated and vibrant speaker at the NZRC and Australian resuscitation conferences. We are thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time.

- Penny Ingram and Sharon Owen, Resuscitation Service, Christchurch Hospital

I was both shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Ian – he will be truly missed. My thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to his family. Rest in peace Ian.

- Maggie Hawkins, Resuscitation Instructor, Wakefield Hospital

I would just like to say the Resuscitation ‘world’ has lost a great leader. My thoughts and condolences go out to Ian’s family and friends. Words seem so inadequate at this sad time!

- Maryanne Johnson, RN, ICU, Wakefield Hospital

Ian's passion and his drive will be sorely missed in the resuscitation community along with his larger than life personality. A tragedy like this makes one stop and think, while giving 110% to the work we do, we have an equal responsibility to give 110% to the lives we live. At the end of the day we should look to leave behind a series of wonderful memories with those we love, we're not always here for a long time.

 - Sandra Bee

I was shocked to hear of Ian sudden passing. I met him at conference and he seemed full of life, and had made a huge contribution so far in so many areas. My heart goes out to his family. Kia kaha.

- Tracey Race

On behalf of all New Zealand Nurses Organisation members, our thoughts are with Judith, their family, Ian's close colleagues within ARC and the other groups he is well known within. We are thinking of you all, at this most difficult time. Thoughts and regards to you all.

- Sheryl Eden, NZNO rep for the NZRC

New Zealand Red Cross would like to acknowledge the huge contribution Ian made to the Resuscitation community, both within Australasia and internationally. We extend our condolences to his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

- New Zealand Red Cross

I am shocked to hear this sad news and greatly feel the loss of Ian for the ARC, ILCOR and NZRC. Ian has been an inspiration to the NZRC Conferences I have attended, including our most recent one in Queenstown. My condolences to his family. Warm regards,

- Fen Moy, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Auckland District Health Board

I have attended two NZRC conferences over the years in New Zealand and was shocked to hear of Prof Ian Jacobs passing. I thoroughly enjoyed attending his lectures and gained invaluable knowledge from his expertise in the field of resuscitation and emergency care. He was a truly inspirational man. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time. Kia Kaha

- Annabel Jeffery