Interim analysis of the LINC trial is accomplished and the study continues according to plan
June 21, 2011, Lund, Sweden
During the spring of 2011 the planned interim analysis of the LINC trial has been completed by the SSAI (Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine) scientific committee. The results of the analysis allow the study to be continue. Based on this, the LINC steering committee has decided to continue the LINC trial according to plan. This means that the enrollment continues and the final patient is expected to be enrolled in the summer of 2012. The results are expected to be published in a scientific journal during 2013.
LINC is an acronym for Lucas IN Cardiac arrest and the study compares survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest after treatment with either mechanical chest compressions provided by the LUCAS Chest Compression System or with manual compressions. The study is randomized and will include a total of 2 500 cardiac arrest patients from five different centres in Sweden, Holland and UK.
The LUCAS Chest Compression System has already shown to increase quality and reduce interruptions of chest compressions, which increases the blood circulation in the cardiac arrest patient. In addition the device may contribute to improved operational efficacy and safety of rescuers, reduced chaos at the scene and an increased focus on other life-saving tasks, which may increase the opportunities to save more lives.