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Rescuers may vary their side of approach to a casualty without impact on cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance

Abstract

Aim To determine whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performance is influenced by a rescuer's preferred side of approach.

Methods Eighty-three first-year healthcare students were enrolled in a prospective randomised crossover study comparing chest compression quality during uninterrupted chest compression CPR after approach from both their preferred and non-preferred sides.

Results Chest compression quality was not dependent on rescuers' sidedness preference; neither mean compression rate and depth nor hand positioning differed between sides of approach.

Conclusions No link exists between the side from which a rescuer approaches, or prefers to approach, a casualty and chest compression quality.

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • chest compression
  • manikin
  • adult
  • resuscitation
  • training
  • research
  • prehospital care
  • intensive care
  • trauma
  • acute medicine
  • major incidents
  • ventilation
  • analgesia pain control
  • anaesthesia
  • airway

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