Excerpt: “A few days later, the constituent received a letter from a medical research center informing him that his wife had participated in an out-of-hospital study with the county paramedics as part of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). As part of this study, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel were told that they could administer one of three unmarked medications to someone appearing to be in cardiac arrest—two were heart-related medications and one being a placebo. The constituent later learned that an individual would have to actively opt out of the study in order to not be a participant. Because his wife was unconscious, she could not provide her consent to participate, and was automatically enrolled in the study. The constituent, who was present when his wife went into cardiac arrest, was not given an opportunity to object to his wife’s participation in the study before EMS personnel resuscitation attempts.”
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