BACKGROUND: Resuscitation guidelines encourage the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) feedback devices implying better outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest. Whether effective continuous feedback could also be given verbally by a second rescuer ("human feedback") has not been investigated yet. We, therefore, compared the effect of human feedback to a CPR feedback device. METHODS: In an open, prospective, randomised, controlled trial, we compared CPR performance of three groups of medical students in a two-rescuer scenario. Group "sCPR" was taught standard BLS without continuous feedback, serving as control. Group "mfCPR" was taught BLS with mechanical audio-visual feedback (HeartStart MRx with Q-CPR-Technology™). Group "hfCPR" was taught standard BLS with human feedback. Afterwards, 326 medical students performed two-rescuer BLS on a manikin for 8 min. CPR quality parameters, such as "effective compression ratio" (ECR: compressions with correct hand position, depth and complete decompression multiplied by flow-time fraction), and other compression, ventilation and time-related parameters were assessed for all groups. RESULTS: ECR was comparable between the hfCPR and the mfCPR group (0.33 vs. 0.35, p = 0.435). The hfCPR group needed less time until starting chest compressions (2 vs. 8 s, p < 0.001) and showed fewer incorrect decompressions (26 vs. 33 %, p = 0.044). On the other hand, absolute hands-off time was higher in the hfCPR group (67 vs. 60 s, p = 0.021). CONCLUSIONS: The quality of CPR with human feedback or by using a mechanical audio-visual feedback device was similar. Further studies should investigate whether extended human feedback training could further increase CPR quality at comparable costs for training.
N., P., G., G., F.J., N., D., S., M., H., J., B., … Fischer, H. (2016). Short structured feedback training is equivalent to a mechanical feedback device in two-rescuer BLS: a randomised simulation study. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 24(1), 70. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13049-016-0265-9 LK - http://limo.libis.be/resolver?&sid=EMBASE&issn=17577241&id=doi:10.1186%2Fs13049-016-0265-9&atitle=Short+structured+feedback+training+is+equivalent+to+a+mechanical+feedback+device+in+two-rescuer+BLS%3A+a+randomised+simulation+study&stitle=Scand+J+Trauma+Resusc+Emerg+Med&title=Scandinavian+journal+of+trauma%2C+resuscitation+and+emergency+medicine&volume=24&issue=&spage=70&epage=&aulast=Pavo&aufirst=Noemi&auinit=N.&aufull=Pavo+N.&coden=&isbn=&pages=70-&date=2016&auin