Amongst her many achievements, Barbara founded the Oliver Zangwill Centre for brain injury rehabilitation and also authored over 200 papers and 30 books on the subject. She has a wealth of experience regarding memory issues, which is one of the top post-arrest issues that survivors report.
Barbara talks about what memory is, how a cardiac arrest survivors memory can be affected by their downtime, how the brain works and some of the strategies that can be used to alleviate memory problems
In season two’s opener (episode 31), Paul talks with Professor Jerry Nolan, who is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine at the University of Bristol.
He is also the current Chair of the European Resuscitation Council and in 2016 the American Heart Association awarded him the honorary title of “A Giant of Resuscitation”.
The conversation covers a wide range of topics from the current state of resuscitation in UK and Europe, including statistics, why in hospital and out of hospital cardiac arrests are categorised separately, “routine” operations post-arrest, the Chain of Survival, the new ERC guidelines, the importance of public involvement, cardiac arrest outcome measures, the problem with the CPC “Good” label, improving rehabilitation, PTSD in those involved in resuscitation, GoodSam and other new technologies.
Douglas is now aged 88 and started his journey into medicine in 1935 when as a 4-year-old he visited his doctor and saw something that intrigued him. From that point, he takes us through many humorous anecdotes of his life in resuscitation.
This includes being at the inception of many important innovations for cardiac arrest survivors and many others who’ve ever called for emergency medical help.
He talks about his research into beta-blockers, the formation of Europes first paramedic unit, the deployment of AED’s into public locations and ultimately into the hands of laypersons with the formation of CFR’s.
A fascinating journey through Professor Chamberlain’s life as a doctor in cardiology and more importantly for survivors, resuscitation.