Mar 21, 2007

Two rescuer resuscitation--mission impossible? A pilot study using a manikin setting

Markus BruckeLorenz Lampl


Advanced life support (ALS) in a cardiac arrest is usually performed by a team consisting of three people. The medical team of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) often consists of two rescuers only. Due to that reason an algorithm was developed to provide ALS with two people. During the initial phase the rescuer in the over-the-head position provides one man CPR while the second rescuer prepares all advanced measures. When all preparations are complete both rescuers are able to provide ALS. A computer controlled manikin (Ambu Mega Code Simulator System MCS with online documentation was used to test the entire medical staff during 10 min of persistent VF. The 20 teams were tested. Following data were recorded: no-flow-time 96.4+/-11s (16.1+/-1.8%), chest compression frequency 120.1+/-5.1 min (-1), ventilation frequency=9 min (-1), number of chest compressions per session 1013.7+/-45.9, depth of chest compressions 46.6+/-2.5mm, total number of chest compressions=20,274, total number of ventilations=1893. For ALS measures the following data were recorded: tracheal intubation (TI) was finished after 60.7+/-9.8s, duration of TI : maneuver = 15.7+/-4.4s, end of initial phase=188.9+/-26.3s, i.v. administration of adrenaline...Continue Reading

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Pilot Projects
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Anterior Thoracic Region
Epinephrine Measurement
Ventilation, Function (Observable Entity)

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