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May 29, 2024

What is a Chest Compression Feedback Device Monitor?

A chest compression feedback device monitor is an electronic system that provides trainees with real-time information on their CPR performance. It provides guidance on key metrics such as chest compression rate, depth and interruptions, allowing trainees to make adjustments in real-time and optimize CPR performance. This can help increase the likelihood that the patient will experience a successful resuscitation.

The use of a feedback device has been shown to significantly improve CPR training outcomes and student retention. Many studies have found that trainees who train with a feedback device are more likely to achieve a high quality of CPR and adhere to established resuscitation protocols in the field.

CPR training programs typically incorporate a combination of classroom and hands-on skills practice, with a strong emphasis on proper positioning and placement of the rescuer’s hand on the victim’s chest and the correct force applied during compression. However, a number of studies have also reported that the performance of rescuers who have not received any formal training can quickly decline following resuscitation simulation.

Studies have demonstrated that real-time visual feedback from a feedback device can significantly increase the quality of CPR performed by trainees in response to a cardiac arrest. This real-time guidance helps trainees learn to deliver the necessary levels of pressure during CPR and can help reduce the time it takes to perform a full cycle of chest compressions.

A common feature of feedback devices is a metronome-like audio and LED lights that guide the rescuer to maintain a consistent, effective CPR rhythm. This is particularly important as it ensures that the compression rate is not too slow or too fast, which can lead to an improper heartbeat. Some devices can even detect whether the chest is being re-inflated between compressions to help prevent injury to the lungs and heart.

HSI offers several different feedback devices and monitors to assist both lay rescuers and healthcare professionals in delivering high-quality CPR. Our line of Prestan monitored manikins, for example, is designed to be a simple, intuitive tool that allows students to self-correct their resuscitation techniques based on light indicators that show them when they are compressing too deep or too quickly. Additionally, our ResQR system offers both a red model that is designed to be used by rescuers in the field and a blue training version that is compatible with standard CPR curriculum training programs.

To maximize the performance of a feedback device, it is recommended to place the unit on a flat surface that supports its weight and minimizes vibrations during operation. It is also important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for battery management and software updates, and to schedule periodic calibration and maintenance activities. It is important to keep the unit stored in a clean, dry environment and to protect it from exposure to extreme temperatures, humidity and direct sunlight, as these can damage sensitive components. If any problems with a feedback device are identified, it is recommended to seek professional assistance from the manufacturer.