The trained rescuer knows that when faced with a sudden cardiac arrest patient, time and optimal therapy is critical for survival. Quality CPR combined with early defibrillation is essential to improve survival. Guidelines provide direction on a number of parameters that define Quality CPR. However, the challenge for all emergency healthcare providers remains. The aim is to carry out CPR in line with the guidelines with a compression of the patient’s chest of at least 5 cm. Knowing when you have reached 5 cm is however difficult and the amount of compression force required on some patients to meet the same guideline can vary widely, from 10 – 55 kg force.
This is where the CPRmeter™ Laerdal comes in. It has two embedded sensors: one measuring acceleration and another measuring force. A sophisticated microprocessor continuously measures both of these parameters during each compression, and special algorithms convert the collected data into meaningful information.
The accelerometer measures the depth and rate of chest wall movement during each compression and converts it into distance travelled. The force sensor measures the force applied during CPR and is also used for several purposes. The main one is to detect whether the patient’s chest is allowed to fully release between compressions. Feedback is provided if the responder is leaning during CPR. This helps the trained rescuer to deliver guidelines-compliant chest compressions regardless of the chest stiffness of an individual patient.
Its rugged construction and excellent viewing angles, even in difficult environmental conditions, makes CPRmeter ideally suited to the chaos of the emergency situation.
On the website you can view an interactive presentation and a number of videos in different languages with instructions on how to use and maintain the CPR meter.