Twenty-one years of saving lives

9 March 2018

At its next conference, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council will mark 21 years of improving outcomes for New Zealanders in immediate need of life-saving treatment from emergencies such as cardiac arrest, choking and drowning.

About 1,700 New Zealanders die from cardiac arrest every year, and Council chair and conference convener Dr Richard Aickin says that NZ Resus 2018 – Coming of Age will provide a fantastic forum to learn and share ideas about how to reduce this toll. It will have particular appeal to critical care nurses, doctors, midwives, anaesthetists, paramedics, army medics, and first responders.

Keynotes presenters are neonatology professor Myra Wyckoff, who will speak about how to make practical use of the evidence for resuscitation. Associate professor Marcus Ong will focus on how to improve survival from cardiac arrest through technology, education, and systems improvements. Dr Jasmeet Soar will look at some of the big issues of resuscitation, including managing situations where there are many casualties.

Another highlight will be speaker Dr Mark Wilson, medical director of GoodSAM, an app that coordinates the response to cardiac arrest between the person in need, those first on the scene, nearby defibrillators and advanced medical care. GoodSAM is being incorporated into emergency response systems worldwide, including New Zealand’s ambulance services.

A record 31 abstracts have been received, with 18 of these being offered oral presentations in three streams. Aickin is thrilled with the number of submissions, and says this speaks to the quality of enquiry and discussion for which the conference has become known.

NZ Resus 2018 – Coming of Age will be held at Te Papa, Wellington, on 19-21 April. For more information see

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