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Heart failure patients to be given placebo in new study

Patients suffering heart failure could be given a placebo in place of an adrenaline shot, as part of a new study to determine the effectiveness of the drug during resuscitation.

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Heart failure placebo study gets ethical approval

Heart failure patients will be unable to give their consent to take part in a trial where they will be given a placebo rather than a standard adrenaline shot.

However, the study has been approved by the Oxford Research Ethics Committee and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

The first 8,000 patients to suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital will form the sample for the trial, which will begin in Wales, the West Midlands, North East, the south coast and London this autumn.

"Adrenaline is an unproven treatment for cardiac arrest, which is why there is a need for this study.

The study is referred to as a 'double blind trial', as neither the patient nor the paramedic, nurse or doctor will know in which treatment group someone was in.

It is not possible to obtain consent in the immediate emergency situation as resuscitation must be started without delay. A member of the research team will seek consent to continue in the study as soon as possible once the initial emergency has passed."

– Warwick Medical School website

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