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Kramer-Johansen, Jo; Myklebust, Helge; Wik, Lars; Fellows, Bob; Svensson, Leif; Sørebø, Hallstein; Steen, Petter Andreas
Aims: To compare quality of CPR during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with and without automated feedback. Materials and methods: Consecutive adult, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of all causes were studied. One hundred and seventy-six episodes (March 2002-October 2003) without feedback were compared to 108 episodes (October 2003-September 2004) where automatic feedback on CPR was given. Automated verbal and visual feedback was based on measured quality with a prototype defibrillator. Quality of CPR was the main outcome measure and survival was reported as specified in the protocol. Results: Average compression depth increased from (mean±S.D.) 34±9 to 38±6mm (mean difference (95% CI) 4 (2, 6), P < 0.001), and median percentage of compressions with adequate depth (38-51mm) increased from 24% to 53% (P < 0.001, Mann-Whitney U-test) with feedback. Mean compression rate decreased from 121±18 to 109±12 min-1 (difference -12 (-16, -9), P = 0.001). There were no changes in mean number of ventilations per minute; 11±5 min-1 versus 11±4 min-1 (difference 0 (-1, 1), P = 0.8) or the fraction of time without chest compressions; 0.48±0.18 versus 0.45±0.17 (difference -0.03 (-0.08, 0.01), P = 0.08). With intention to treat analysis 7/241 control patients were discharged alive (2.9%) versus 5/117 with feedback (4.3%) (OR 1.5 (95% CI; 0.8, 3), P = 0.2). In a logistic regression analysis of all cases, witnessed arrest (OR 4.2 (95% CI; 1.6, 11), P = 0.004) and average compression depth (per mm increase) (OR 1.05 (95% CI; 1.01, 1.09), P = 0.02) were associated with rate of hospital admission. Conclusions: Automatic feedback improved CPR quality in this prospective nonrandomised study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Increased compression depth was associated with increased short-term survival. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT00138996), http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/.