DEM Research Contributes to National CPR Guidelines

Every five years, the American Heart Association updates its CPR guidelines. Two UA faculty members contributed to the development of the recently released 2015 Guidelines for CPR & ECC.

From Bicycles to Buckyballs, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and UA Emergency Medicine Collaborate to Keep Consumers Safe

Southern Arizona residents treated in the emergency department at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson may not be aware that for the past 35 years they have been helping the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) prevent product-related injuries and deaths.

Dr. Dan Spaite Listed on '25 Emergency Medicine & EMS Professors You Should Know'

Dan Spaite, MD, named one of "25 Emergency Medicine & EMS Professors You Should Know" on the website Medical Technology Schools.


The University of Arizona Holds Novel Life-Saving Cardiac Resuscitation Training for EMS Professionals

The collaborative project, “High Performance CPR University,” aims to train paramedics in state-of-the art cardiac resuscitation techniques.

Tomas Nuño, PhD, Receives NIH Loan Repayment Programs Award

Tomas Nuño, PhD, research assistant professor in the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, received approval for his application to the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). 

Announcing the 2014 Annual Report

The Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to share our annual report highlighting some of our exciting clinical care, research and education endeavors from 2014.

You may download a PDF copy of the report or view a “flip book” online.

Please contact Jo Marie Barkley ( for additional printed copies.

UA Emergency Medicine Researchers Receive $2.4 million Grant to Join Federally Funded Pediatric Research Network

As one of only six Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) “nodes” nationwide, AEMRC – Tucson, the home for the newly-created Southwest Research Node Center (SW-RNC), will collaborate with multiple sites and scientists to complete research studies that improve emergency medical care for ill and injured children.

JAMA Studies Highlight CPR-AED Benefits Developed at UA Sarver Heart Center

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week published significant findings in two studies noting improved patient outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims, influenced by bystander CPR interventions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Crisis in India: UA Researchers Mobilize to Save Lives

The Emergency Medicine Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix will help dramatically improve survival rates from cardiac arrest across the globe, in India.

Epidemiologist Tomas Nuño, PhD, Joins UA Department of Emergency Medicine

Tomas Nuño, PhD, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine as research assistant professor.

The cost of cardiac arrest in Arizona will give you a heart attack

Phoenix Business Journal reported that Two University of Arizona emergency medicine researchers, Drs. Ben Bobrow and Art Sanders, are co-authors of a national report released today to the U.S. Congress and other stakeholders to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. Read more.

Dr. Daniel Spaite Receives American College of Emergency Physicians’ Outstanding Contributions in Research Award

The prestigious award recognizes Dr. Spaite’s outstanding contributions to emergency medicine research throughout his career.

ScholarQuest and Resident Research Forum 2015

ScholarQuest provides research training and experience to Department of Emergency Medicine residents. The 2015 UA Department of Emergency Medicine Research Forum was held April 29.

The UA Department of Emergency Medicine Seeks Community Input on a Study to Determine Most Effective Treatment for People Having Seizures

The Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South will determine which of three drugs is safer and more effective at stopping a prolonged seizure.

Progesterone Offers No Significant Benefit after Traumatic Brain Injury

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix were among 49 trauma centers that participated in the NIH study ProTECT III (Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury, Experimental Clinical Treatment).

Dr. Dan Spaite's Lecture on Continuous Chest Compressions Put Into Action, Saves Life

Driver revived after suffering heart attack at the wheel

Nogales International, Feb. 9, 2015

A Rio Rico man who suffered a heart attack while driving this weekend was rescued by local firefighters who had just finished a Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation (MICR) course taught by our own Dan Spaite, MD, Base Hospital medical director. The rescue was featured in a Nogales International newspaper article.

The Base Hospital Programs at University and South Campuses provide annual training to EMS providers on pre-hospital procedures that increase patient survival. "This was such a rewarding moment, to have just completed the MICR lecture when the call came in," said Mary Ann Matter, RN, base hospital service line manager. "When the Rio Rico and Tubac crews returned to the training center, they were STOKED about the call and how great it was to have a ‘save.’" EMS providers from Rio Rico, Tubac, Nogales, Arivaca, Patagonia Lake State Park, Sonoita-Elgin, Helmet Peak and Pascua Pueblo attended the Saturday training, hosted by the Rio Rico Fire District. Read more.

Dr. Bentley Bobrow Joins Department of Emergency Medicine at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA, internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of resuscitation science and emergency medical care, has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson as distinguished professor. He also will join Daniel Spaite, MD, as co-director of EMS research and associate director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center - Phoenix. Read more.

Dr. Ben Bobrow Arizona Republic interview on bystander CPR: "Key to Saving Life is In Your Hands"

Cardiac arrest — when the heart completely stops beating — is a major public health problem. It occurs approximately 400,000 times annually in the United States and accounts for one out of five natural deaths. Bobrow, also medical director for the Arizona Department of Health Services' Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, answered some common questions about "hands-only" CPR. Read more.

AEMRC Offers Courses During Emergency Preparedness Week Feb. 23-26

Emergency preparedness courses presented by the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center


Dr. Kurt Denninghoff MedPage Today interview on hormone therapy for TBI clinical trial

"No one was sadder than I was when I heard that the drug wasn't showing a benefit," said Kurt Denninghoff, MD, of the University of Arizona, who served as "hub principal investigator" at one of the 21 sites in the trial. 


AZ Research Shows 9-1-1 Dispatchers Giving CPR Instruction Saves Lives

Guidelines For Bystanders Before Responders Arrive Cited at Heart Association Meeting

UA Department of Emergency Medicine Seeks Community Input On Study of a New Airway Device

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking community input on a clinical trial that requires a medical procedure to be performed without patient consent. The study will determine if a new device to secure breathing tubes holds the emergency breathing tubes more securely than currently used devices. The trial, which is set to begin this fall at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, will be performed on critically ill or injured patients who are unable to provide informed consent.