A note about the study: Most medical research studies require an individual’s informed consent in writing before they can be enrolled, but patients arriving in cardiac arrest cannot speak for themselves. They may not have a family member there who can speak for them. Therefore, this study required public outreach to make the community aware of it and provide a way for people to opt out. The PEARL study is closed, a new study (ACCESS) is now open.
The Maine Medical Center PEARL Study is focused on people who arrive in the emergency department in cardiac arrest. The study was designed to research the safety and benefits of heart catheterization (heart cath) when done within 90 minutes of hospital arrival in patients that don't have certain finding on their ECGs. This study aims to answer the question: Does an early heart catheterization improve survival rates in this group of patients?