Dual Operator CPR Compared to Single Operator CPR

DUAL VS SINGLE OPERATOR CPR

Title

Dual Operator CPR Compared to Single Operator CPR for Laypersons: A Randomized Simulation Trial     

Aim

To investigate whether dual operator cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by laypersons can reduce interruptions in chest compressions compared to single operator CPR changing with another rescuer every two minutes.

Design

The study is a randomized, controlled, simulation study. Participants will be randomized 1:1 to basic life support (BLS)/automatic external defibrillator (AED) training using either dual operator CPR or single operator CPR. Participants will be tested immediately after training in a simulated CPR scenario with two rescuers present followed by a second test with only one rescuer present. Both tests will be conducted again after three months.

Population

Adult (≥ 18 years) laypersons recruited from companies in Denmark.

Intervention

Dual operator CPR where one rescuer performs chest compressions while another rescuer performs rescue breaths.

Outcome

The primary outcome is no-flow time during rescue breaths in the first test immediately after training.

Perspective

The results of this study may change future international resuscitation guidelines and training in resuscitation worldwide. This may contribute to increase survival for thousands of people suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year.

Supervisors

Professor Bo Løfgren, MD, PhD, FESC, FAHA (main supervisor) Kristian Krogh, MD, PhD Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, MD Cecilie Budolfsen, MB

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