Oct 29, 2003

To blow or not to blow: a randomised controlled trial of compression-only and standard telephone CPR instructions in simulated cardiac arrest

M WoollardJeff J Clawson


This randomised controlled trial used a manikin model of cardiac arrest to compare skill performance in untrained lay persons randomised to receive either compression-only telephone CPR (Compression-only tel., n=29) or standard telephone CPR instructions (Standard tel., n=30). Performance was evaluated during standardised 10 min cardiac arrest simulations using a video recording and data from a laptop computer connected to the training manikin. A number of subjects in both groups did not open the airway. More than 75% in the Standard tel. group failed to deliver two effective initial rescue breaths, and only 17% provided an adequate inflation volume for subsequent breaths, delivering a median of only five inflations during the entire scenario. Most subjects in both groups gave chest compressions that were too shallow and at an inappropriately rapid rate. Hand position was also poor, but was worse in the group given simplified instructions. There was a significant delay to first compression in both groups, although this interval was shortened by over a minute when ventilations were eliminated from the telephone instruction algorithm (245 vs. 184 s, P<0.001). Over two-and-a-half times as many chest compressions were delivered dur...Continue Reading

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Emergency Care
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Anterior Thoracic Region
Video Recording
Ventilation, Function (Observable Entity)

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