Chest compression quality over time in pediatric resuscitations

Oluwakemi Badaki-Makun, Frances Nadel, Aaron Donoghue, Michael McBride, Dana Niles, Thomas Seacrist, Matthew Maltese, Xuemei Zhang, Stephen Paridon, Vinay M. Nadkarni

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Background: Chest compression (CC) quality deteriorates with time in adults, possibly because of rescuer fatigue. Little data exist on compression quality in children or on work done to perform compressions in general. We hypothesized that compression quality, work, and rescuer fatigue would differ in child versus adult manikin models. Methods: This was a prospective randomized crossover study of 45 inhospital rescuers performing 10 minutes of single-rescuer continuous compressions on each manikin. An accelerometer recorded compression qualitymeasures over 30-second epochs. Work and power were calculated from recorded force data. A modified visual analogue scale measured fatigue. Data were analyzed by using linear mixed-effects models and Cox regression analysis. Results: A total of 88 484 compression cycles were analyzed. Percent adequate CCs/epoch (rate ≥ 100/minute, depth ≥ 38 mm) fell over 10 minutes (child: from 85.1% to 24.6%, adult: from 86.3% to 35.3%; P = .15) and were <70% in both by 2 minutes. Peak work per compression cycle was 13.1 J in the child and 14.3 J in the adult (P = .06; difference, 1.2 J; 95% confidence interval, 20.05 to 2.5). Peak power output was 144.1 W in the child and 166.5 W in the adult (P < .001; difference, 22.4 W, 95% confidence interval, 9.8-35.0). Conclusions: CC quality deteriorates similarly in child and adult manikin models. Peak work per compression cycle is comparable in both. Peak power output is analogous to that generated during intense exercise such as running. CC providers should switch every 2 minutes as recommended by current guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e797-e804
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Chest compressions
  • Pediatric advanced life support
  • Power
  • Rescuer fatigue
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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