The impact of manual defibrillation technique on no-flow time during simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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INTRODUCTION: Rapid defibrillation is the most effective strategy for establishing return of spontaneous circulation following cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation. The aim of this study is to measure the delay due to of charging the defibrillator during chest compression in an attempt to reduce the duration of the pre-shock pause in between cessation of chest compressions and shock delivery as advocated by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines compared to charging the defibrillator immediately following rhythm analysis without resuming chest compressions as recommended by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). METHODS: This was a randomised controlled cross over trial comparing pre-shock pause times when defibrillation was performed on a manikin according to the AHA and ERC guidelines using paddles and hands free defibrillation systems. RESULTS: The pre-shock pause between cessation of chest compression and shock delivery was significantly different between techniques (Friedman test, P


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-14
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007


  • training, manual defibrillator, American Heart Association, ventricular fibrillation, closed chest cardiac massage, defibrillation, European Resuscitation Council