Performing high quality CPR whilst extricating a patient from the scene, or whilst travelling in an ambulance, is difficult and can be dangerous. In order to maintain an uninterrupted Chain of Survival, the 3RU team are evaluating the use of mechanical CPR. Some out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients either require specialist hospital intervention to achieve a return-of-spontaneous circulation, or may re-arrest during transport to hospital. The team is using secure, prehospital video analysis to evaluate the use of mechanical CPR in the field and ensure high quality clinical governance during this pilot work.
Lyon RM, Crawford A, Crookston C, Short S, Clegg GR. The combined use of mechanical CPR and a carry sheet to maintain quality resuscitation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients during extrication and transport. Resuscitation 2015.