Implementation of 24/7 Mobile Life Support for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Patients

Principal Investigator(s):

Demetri Yannopoulos, Professor, Physical Med/Rehabilitation


  • Jason Bartos, Assistant Professor, Physical Med/Rehabilitation
  • John Hourdos, Former Research Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

Project summary:

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with Fairview, Allina, North Memorial, HealthEast, CentraCare, and HealthPartners, will implement an independent, 24/7 mobile life support program serving people statewide suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The program, to be known as the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Unit Collaborative (MnMRUC), will launch in the Twin Cities, expand to Greater Minnesota, and be replicated across the country. Highly specialized and expertly trained critical care teams of physicians, nurses, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel will deploy to emergency departments across the region in a hub-and-spoke model, or be deployed in specially equipped mobile emergency departments (MED) to intensely intervene in OHCA cases. The goal is to begin extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) life support within less than 40 minutes from 911 call.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2021054
  • Start date: 09/2020
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow