Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and a Metronome: A Study That Puts the Two Together to Improve Chest Compression Administration


By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief     

          When one thinks of a metronome, it’s usually to help a child or adult practice keeping the tempo in a piece of music they are trying to play.  Yet Zimmerman et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-1858) decided to try a metronome in a prospective simulation-based crossover randomized controlled trial of residents, fellows, nurses, and medical students randomly assigned to do chest compressions on a manikin with or without a metronome to keep the tempo of those compressions. 
        The authors looked at rate and depth of compressions as the participants did rounds of compressions with and without the metronome going.  Rather than compress the findings of this study in this blog, we will encourage you to read the study for yourselves and see if your resuscitation room warrants buying a metronome as a valuable addition to the equipment you already have available in your office, emergency or inpatient setting.   Beat a path to reading this article to learn more.

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