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
- prehospital care
- intensive care
- acute medicine
- major incidents
- analgesia pain control
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Competing interests None.
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