Did you know that the average CPR success rate in a non-hospital setting is 10-20%? Research has shown that in hospitals on average that success rate is between 30-40%. Our doctors and nurses regularly practice their CPR skills on life-like mannequins in the donor-funded KidSIM Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Research has shown that if CPR quality is improved, then patients survive more often.
Thanks to community donations at last year’s Caring for Kids Radiothon, we were able to purchase a CPR Feedback system for the ICU, which has already saved lives of kids in our hospital. This year, the Emergency Department is raising money to get one for their unit. This crucial equipment will help our experts provide the highest quality CPR to their patients and save their lives. The CPR Feedback System provides feedback in real time to help experts provide the best quality CPR possible. Connected to a pad on the patient’s chest and a sensor placed underneath the patient on the bed, this defibrillator clearly displays depth and rate of compression on the screen as well as heart rhythm. Current defibrillators only display heart rhythm. The new defibrillator can also give voice commands to tell you to increase pressure and/or rate of compressions.
Having this technology with the feedback capability allows specialists to make decisions faster and more accurately. It gives them the ability to change their CPR quality in real time, so they’re following more closely to the recommendations.