QCPR: Quality CPR Saves Lives

The Six Steps for Quality Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (QCPR)

When it comes to CPR, Quality Counts

There are many factors that contribute to survival but none as powerful as receiving high quality CPR.

We know correct compression depth should be between 5-6 cm but research has found that even achieving this can be difficult to ensure. Tomlinson et al (2007) found that, depending on the patient's chest, the required pressure may actually range from as much as 10-55kg. Can we feel an adequate compression depth?

Using our QCPR manikins with a feedback device will ensure you can track, measure and improve training for every student.




Laerdal’s new manikin line with QCPR is designed to measure the core components of CPR skills. Intuitive graphics and easy-to-follow guidance indicate:

  • Compression rate and depth
  • Complete release
  • Limited interruptions
  • Appropriate ventilation volume

CPR feedback takes the guesswork out of CPR training. Objective measurement enables objective assessment. Results are logged and stored for comparison and tracking of CPR competence development over time. Our multi-manikin function allows you to track the performance of multiple students simultaneously.

Evidence supports using feedback during CPR training improves both skill acquisition and retention. Real-time feedback enhances performance both during training and debriefing after. Simply put, when you know better, you do better.

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QCPR Research and Review

Over the past ten years, a substantial body of research has highlighted the value of QCPR.

In a recent review and meta-analysis of resuscitation research literature, Wallace et al. (2013) demonstrated a strong correlation between survival and compression depth and rate. Research shows that appropriate depth of compressions and minimal pre-shock pauses correlate with defibrillation success (Edelson et al., 2006).

Delivering Quality CPR, however, is not easy. Even the most experienced healthcare providers are have been shown to perform poorly too much of the time . . . but there is hope.

In a review of research on the use of CPR feedback devices, Yeung et al. (2009) found that real-time feedback during training improves learning and retention of CPR skills, and most importantly, improves performance during actual resuscitations. Evidence suggests CPR performance in actual resuscitations by in-hospital and pre-hospital providers, alike, improves when using real-time feedback as guidance (Abella et al., 2007, Kramer-Johansen et al., 2006). Bobrow et al. (2013) showed that scenario-based training with real-time feedback and use of real-time feedback during actual resuscitations was correlated with dramatic increases in CPR quality and survival.

The evidence is clear. Quality counts and real-time feedback can get you there.


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