CPR Feedback, a Key to Success

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a difficult skill to perfect, but with training, teamwork and feedback, first responders can sustain high-quality CPR for extended periods of time. Real-time feedback is especially important in guiding first responders’ movements and timing over long sessions of CPR – often leading to the best outcomes. Currently, there are a handful of devices on the market that can monitor CPR feedback in real-time, such as the Ambu Smartman.

Today we are going to show you what excellent CPR feedback looks like using real feedback obtained through an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) download with a Zoll Pad.

A few notes:

  • CPR was performed for 14:58 minutes
    • During this time, the patient went without CPR for 46 seconds, attributed to rhythm interpretation
    • Every two minutes, someone new performed CPR
    • Time until first compression was 12 seconds

Compression Depth

Guidelines state that a compression depth of at least 5 cm or 2 inches is optimal. Below we can see this “optimal zone” represented by the green bar. In this case, the average depth was 2.43 inches with 94.47 percent accuracy.

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Compression Rate

Guidelines state that a compression rate of at least 100/min is optimal. Again, the optimal rate is represented by the green bar. This feedback shows an average rate of 109 compressions per minute with 94.77 percent accuracy.

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Minute by Minute Breakdown

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It’s really amazing that multiple individuals (swapping every two minutes) were able to perform CPR with such precision. This feedback shows us that although accurate CPR can be difficult to achieve, with real-time feedback, first responders have the tools needed for the best possible outcomes – and yes, the case above had a positive outcome.

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Make Way, Here’s the Future of CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has always demanded the utmost skill and accuracy from first responders. Unfortunately, without intensive training and re-certification, CPR skills can deteriorate over time – even in as little as six months (learn more about CPR Retention).

For this reason, Iridia Medical has partnered with Physio-Control to help distribute their innovative TrueCPR coaching device to Canadian first responders.

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TrueCPR

In simple terms, TrueCPR is a portable device that measures CPR quality on the fly. TrueCPR is able to take the guesswork out of CPR by providing real-time feedback to healthcare professionals – leading to better outcomes.  

From Physio-Control:

“The best outcomes demand the best CPR. Simple enough to say, but in the heat of a cardiac resuscitation, accurately assessing CPR performance—even knowing your true chest compression depth, rate and recoil—can be anything but easy. And in your world, the constant drive for performance improvement makes the challenge of measuring CPR quality more critical than ever.”

TrueCPR differs from other devices in two important areas: TrueCPR works in conjunction with any brand defibrillator and it measures sternal-spinal displacement using three-dimensional magnetic fields.

During an Event

Once the device has been placed on the chest, it immediately begins to analyze, measure and benchmark the quality of CPR delivered – establishing a feedback loop for response teams.

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During chest compressions TrueCPR shows you exactly what you are doing right and where you need improvement. Compression depth, rate and recoil are displayed in real time on a highly visible dial on the patient’s chest. In addition, a CPR metronome and ventilation prompts guide responders to provide CPR per recommended rates.

After an Event

After CPR has been performed, statistics such as average rate, percentage of compressions at the correct depth and recoil, hands-on time and total event time are displayed and provide a snapshot of event performance.

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Up to 180 minutes of CPR information can be assessed, which will allow reviewers to evaluate overall performance and establish feedback loop for continuous CPR improvement.

Iridia believes TrueCPR will give healthcare professionals the tool they need to deliver the best possible CPR and the continued feedback necessary to retain their CPR skills.

We are very interested in TrueCPR feedback from healthcare professionals such as fire rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, nurses, life-guards and other first responders. If you would like to test this device out for yourself, we invite you to stop by our office in Vancouver. For more information, please contact us.

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Iridia Founder Dr. Allan Holmes giving TrueCPR a test drive.

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