Feedback to Improve the Quality of CPR

  • J. Yeung
  • J. Soar
  • G. D. Perkins


Ischemic heart disease is a leading cause of death in the world and many people die prematurely from sudden cardiac arrest. It is estimated that 40–46,0000 people in the USA and 700,000 people in Europe experience sudden cardiac arrest each year [1]. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the attempt to restore spontaneous circulation by performing chest compressions with or without ventilations [2]. Early and effective CPR, prompt defibrillation, early advanced life support, and postresuscitation care are key components in the ‘Chain of Survival’ [3]. Standardized resuscitation guidelines and training courses in CPR and advanced life support have been developed in order to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest. These have been implemented through most of Europe, the USA and many other developed countries. Despite this, observational studies report that the quality of CPR in both the out-of-hospital and in-hospital setting is often poor and that survival rates remain low despite significant advances in the science of resuscitation [4, 5, 6]. Technological advances mean that it is now possible to measure the quality of CPR during actual resuscitation attempts. Feedback techniques for both individuals and teams are now being developed to improve the quality of CPR during both training and actual resuscitation attempts.


Cardiac Arrest Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Chest Compression Basic Life Support Coronary Perfusion Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Yeung
    • 1
  • J. Soar
    • 2
  • G. D. Perkins
    • 3
  1. 1.Academic Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and PainHeart of England NHS Foundation TrustBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Department of Anesthetics and Intensive CareSouthmead Hospital North Bristol NHS TrustBristolUK
  3. 3.Warwick Medical School Clinical Trials UnitUniversity of WarwickWarwickUK

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