Sunday, June 03, 2007

You May Be Able To Opt Out Of Becoming A Medical Guinea Pig Without Knowing It

The Seattle Times has an article about the "Resuscitation Outcome Consortium". This is an experimental treatment being conducted on trauma and cardiac arrest patients to test stronger saline solutions to help stabilize blood pressure.

The UW studies are part of a $50 million, five-year project called the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, now under way in 11 communities in the U.S. and Canada. In all, researchers plan to involve nearly 21,000 people as part of the first large-scale effort to improve pre-hospital trauma and cardiac-arrest care. That's the care given by emergency responders while patients are in an ambulance or even before they are loaded aboard.
A system is set up to choose randomly which patients get experimental treatments instead of the standard procedures. Once patients arrive at a hospital — most likely Harborview Medical Center — the experimental treatments will stop.

Who is taking part of this study? Potentially you.
That means that now anyone who suffers cardiac arrest, head injuries or goes into shock in King County will be automatically enrolled in the studies — unless they specifically opt out ahead of time.
To opt out, people have to contact the study administrators and ask for a free stainless-steel bracelet etched with the words "No Research Study." And they would have to be wearing it when it matters.

What is the contact info... they do not tell you in the article. Here is the ROC contact info from their website:

Phone: 206-685-1302
Fax: 206-543-0131
Office Hours: M-F 7:30am to 5:00pm (PST)

Mailing address:
1107 NE 45th St.
Suite 505
Seattle, WA 98105-4689

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