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Continuous Chest Compressions (CCC)


What is the purpose of the CCC Study?

To determine whether standard American Heart Association (AHA) recommended 30:2 CPR with interrupted chest compressions or Continuous Chest Compressions (CCC) CPR significantly saves more lives of patients with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States. Of those, less than 10% survive.

For more information about the CCC study, please view the press release by the National Institute of Health.

How is the CCC study being conducted in Milwaukee?
This research is being conducted by the Medical College of WI’s Resuscitation Research Center in partnership with the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services (http://county.milwaukee.gov/EMS). The paramedics of MCEMS will enroll patients who have a cardiac arrest, meet the CCC eligibility criteria and who are not wearing an opt-out bracelet. Since these patients will not be able to provide informed consent because they are unconscious and require immediate treatment, this study is being conducted under the Exception From Informed Consent guidelines by the Food and Drug Administration. For more information about Exception From Informed Consent research, click here.


If you would like to opt-out of the CCC study, click here to find out how.

Public Notices

CCC Intermediate Public Announcement

CCC Risk Benefit Public Announcement

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CCC study, you can contact the Resuscitation Research Center by phone at 414-805-6493 or by email at RRC@mcw.edu.



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