Dr. Grunau is an investigator at the British Columbia (BC) site of the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a clinical trials network for the study of out-of-hospital (OHCA) cardiac arrest and trauma. His primary research interest is the management of OHCA patients with refractory arrest. He has developed regional protocols for cardiac arrest management, and sits on the region’s Cardiac Arrest Committee as well as on the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Critical Care Committee. He has an established publication record and was awarded an AHA Young Investigator Award in 2014. He has contributed to the American Heart Association / Heart and Stroke Foundation Heartsaver and ACLS Experienced Provider curricula.
Extracorporeal CPR is a key research interest of Dr. Grunau. He is the Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital ECPR Program and played the lead role in its development, the first ECPR program for OHCA in Canada. Dr. Grunau and the BC Ambulance Service then integrated ECPR services into the regional algorithm for OHCA management. He is specifically interested in how the addition of ECPR into an emergency medical system may improve the overall survival, and the cost effectiveness of such an intervention.