Comparison of times of intervention during pediatric CPR maneuvers using ABC and CAB sequences: A randomized trial

R. Lubrano, C. Cecchetti, E. Bellelli, I. Gentile, H. Loayza Levano, F. Orsini, G. Bertazzoni, G. Messi, S. Rugolotto, N. Pirozzi, M. Elli

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Abstract

Background: The proposed introduction of the CAB (circulation, airway, breathing) sequence for cardiopulmonary resuscitation has raised some perplexity within the pediatric community. We designed a randomized trial intended to verify if and how much timing of intervention in pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation is affected by the use of the CAB vs. the ABC (airway, breathing, circulation) sequence. Patients and methods: 340 volunteers, paired into 170 two-person teams, performed 2-rescuer healthcare provider BLS with both a CAB and ABC sequence. Their performances were audio-video recorded and times of intervention in the two scenarios, cardiac and respiratory arrest, were monitored. Results: The CAB sequence compared to ABC prompts quicker recognition of respiratory (CAB vs. ABC. =17.48 ± 2.19 vs. 19.17 ± 2.38. s; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1473-1477
Number of pages5
JournalResuscitation
Volume83
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Pediatric
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine

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