Abstract 133: Electrical Insulating Gloves for Safe Hands-on Defibrillation Do Not Compromise the Quality of Chest Compressions
Introduction: We have recently shown that Class 1 electrical insulating gloves are safe for hands-on defibrillation. Continuous chest compressions during defibrillation reduce the peri-shock pauses and increase the subsequent chance of successful defibrillation. In this study we have investigated the effect of these electrical insulation gloves on the quality of chest compressions, compared with normal clinical examination gloves.
Methods: Emergency medical technicians trained in 2010 resuscitation guidelines delivered uninterrupted chest compressions for 6 min on a manikin, whilst wearing Class 1 electrical insulating gloves or clinical examination gloves. The order of gloves was randomized and each session of chest compressions was separated by at least 30 min to avoid fatigue. Data were collected from the manikin. Compression depth and compression rate were compared.
Results: Data from 35 participants are shown in Figure 1. There was no statistically significant difference between Class 1 electrical insulating gloves in chest compression depth (median±range: 45 (28-61) vs 43 (28-61) p=0.69) and chest compression rate (113 (67-150) vs 113(72-145), p=0.87) when compared to clinical examination cloves.
Conclusion: These preliminary data suggest that the use of Class 1 electrical insulation gloves does not reduce the quality of chest compressions during simulated CPR compared to clinical examination gloves.
Author Disclosures: J.E. Thomsen: None. M. Harpsø: None. G.W. Petley: None. S. Vittinghus: None. C.D. Deakin: None. B. Løfgren: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.