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Conference Paper


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Publication Details

Presented at the Higher Education in Transformation Symposium November 2 - 4, 2016 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a common but potentially reversible cause of death. Unfortunately, few communities have attempted to improve survival using a holistic approach to resuscitation science including preventative, clinical, and rehabilitative care. The Durham Region Resuscitation Research Collaborative (DRRRC) has been established to identify research priorities, leverage regional community and health care services, and provide experiential learning and training opportunities within the resuscitation science continuum of care. Our objective is to provide an overview of the DRRRC and to present the collaborative learning experiences that link learners, stakeholders, research, and knowledge users in a community- based resuscitation laboratory. We used a case study approach that illustrated the opportunities for learning within the context of DRRRC’s first initiative focused on improving community- based cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). To date, this community-based resuscitation laboratory has included: one-second year and four fourth year undergraduates, and one medical resident. Learners engaging with the co-investigators and stakeholders have experienced learning opportunities that support the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving in the real world to support strategies to increase bystander CPR.