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Paediatric CPR - do APLS trained staff execute more effective chest compressions

Three Part Question

[In paediatric cardiac arrests] do [APLS trained staff] deliver [more effective chest compressions]?

Clinical Scenario

A 4 year old boy in cardiac arrest is brought into the ED as a standby. CPR has been delivered by the ambulance crew en route. Whilst he is being intubated, cardiac compression is carrried out by one of the APLS trained paediatric nurses, but once she tires, it is continued by another staff nurse with no paediatric training. You wonder whether chest compression is more effective in children if delivered by an ATLS trained professional.

Search Strategy

paediatric OR pediatric OR OR OR paediatric life OR pediatric life neonatal OR OR exp Cardiopulmonary resuscitation/ OR exp Heart arrest/ OR cardiopulmonary OR heart
OR OR exp cpr/ OR
AND depth of OR effectiveness of OR (depth adj5 compression).af. OR (effectiveness adj5 compression).af. OR chest compression$.af. OR exp heart massage/
limit to humans and english

Search Outcome

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The ability to carry out effective chest compressions in a cardiac arrest scenario is vital. It would seem likely that those staff who are involved more frequently in arrest situations, would be more experienced at carrying out compressions.

Clinical Bottom Line

There is no evidence that APLS trained staff deliver more effective compressions.