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Priv.Doz.Dr. Alexander Spiel

Department of Emergency Medicine
Position: Senior physician

T +43 1 40400 19640


Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Arrhythmias, Cardiac; Blood Coagulation Tests; Critical Care; Platelet Aggregation; Resuscitation; Ultrasonography

Research group(s)

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Resuscitation

Research interests

Acute Care of Cardiac Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation


Platelet and Coagualtion Function in Emergency Medicine

Emergency Ultrasound

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Clinical Research, Randomized Controlled Trials, Platelet function (Multiplate) and Whole blood coagulation (ROTEM)

Selected publications

  1. Simon, A. et al., 2016. Vernakalant is superior to ibutilide for achieving sinus rhythm in patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation: a randomized controlled trial at the emergency department. Europace, p.euw052. Available at:
  2. Sulzgruber, P. et al., 2015. Progress in the chain of survival and its impact on outcomes of patients admitted to a specialized high-volume cardiac arrest center during the past two decades. European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care. Available at:
  3. Spiel, A.O. et al., 2012. Effects of prasugrel on platelet inhibition during systemic endotoxaemia: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Science, 123(10), pp.591-600. Available at:
  4. Spiel, A.O. et al., 2009. Pronounced platelet hyperfunction in patients with cardiac arrest achieving restoration of spontaneous circulation*. Critical Care Medicine, 37(3), pp.975-979. Available at:
  5. SPIEL, A.O. et al., 2006. Validation of rotation thrombelastography in a model of systemic activation of fibrinolysis and coagulation in humans. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 4(2), pp.411-416. Available at: