Does Dual Operator CPR help minimize interruptions in chest compressions?

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AIMS Basic Life Support Guidelines 2005 emphasise the importance of reducing interruptions in chest compressions (no-flow duration) yet at the same time stopped recommending Dual Operator CPR. Dual Operator CPR (where one rescuer does ventilations and one chest compressions) could potentially minimize no-flow duration compared to Single Operator CPR. This study aims to determine if Dual Operator CPR reduces no-flow duration compared to Single Operator CPR. METHODOLOGY This was a prospective randomised controlled crossover trial. Medical students were randomised into 'Dual Operator' or 'Single Operator' CPR groups. Both groups performed 4 min of CPR according to their group allocation on a resuscitation manikin before crossing over to perform the other technique one week later. RESULTS Fifty participants were recruited. Dual Operator CPR achieved slightly lower no-flow durations than the Single Operator CPR (28.5% (S.D.=3.7) versus 31.6% (S.D.=3.6), P


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-4
Number of pages4
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009