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July 18, 2006

NOTE: For more information about this study, contact the study coordinator at 866-309-0838 (toll-free) or 319-384-8484 or, or visit the Web site:

Community Meeting Will Be Held July 27 On Emergency Treatment Research

A community meeting will be held to inform and seek feedback from Johnson County and West Branch residents on a University of Iowa investigation to assess the effectiveness of study treatments for people who experience severe trauma in out-of-hospital, emergency situations.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Iowa City High School, Rooms 1001 and 1005, 1600 Morningside Drive. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network beginning at 7 p.m. on July 27 at Solon Middle School, Room 112, 313 S. Iowa St. in Solon, and the Iowa City National Guard Armory, 925 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. At each site, signs will provide directions to exact room locations.

The study treatments will start this fall in the communities listed below as part of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), a multi-site research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and other U.S. federal and Canadian agencies.

UI Hospital and Clinics is one of 10 regional centers selected to conduct the collaborative clinical trials. The principal investigator for the UI site is Richard Kerber, M.D., professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a cardiologist with UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The July 27 presentation will detail the purpose, study treatments, possible risk and benefits, and other study specifics. Audience members will fill out surveys at the meeting and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide additional feedback.

Nationwide, ROC involves public safety agencies, regional hospitals, community health care institutions, and medical centers and is expected to include as many as 15,000 patients over a three-year period. Approximately 288 individuals will be included through the UI arm of the study. All of the interventions to be tested in the program have been shown in smaller, single-center studies to be safe and potentially life-saving.

The 10 area communities included in this first-phase of ROC are: Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Solon, Tiffin, University Heights and West Branch. These communities are served by the Johnson County Ambulance Service, which is part of the study.

By law and ethical standards, medical research requires that anyone who participates in a study know what the study involves and risks and benefits, if any. This is known as "prior informed consent." However, because of severe injuries, persons in the ROC study are likely to be unconscious, in shock or otherwise unable to provide informed consent.

Therefore, ROC will be conducted under federal regulations that allow for a special "Exception From Informed Consent" in life-threatening situations. Instead, consent will be obtained after treatment, when the person is no longer in the emergency situation, or when a legally authorized representative of the injured person is available. Community members may choose to pre-exclude themselves or "opt-out."

For more information, contact the study coordinator at 866-309-0838 (toll-free) or 319-384-8484 or, or visit the Web site:

Additional information is provided in this March 24, 2006, news release issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH:

For information on the earlier selection of the UI as a regional center, see this Oct. 20, 2004, UI news release:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660