Using a filming protocol to improve video-instructed cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Omer Perry, Oren Wacht, Eli Jaffe, Zilla Sinuany-Stern, Yuval Bitan

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BACKGROUND: Video communications during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can improve the quality of information exchange between a bystander performing CPR and an emergency medical dispatcher (EMD). OBJECTIVE: To improve chest compression effectiveness, a filming protocol instructing video camera placements around a patient was developed. This study measured whether the filming protocol increased chest compressions' effectiveness. METHODS: A simulation study was conducted comparing CPR effectiveness under three conditions: Telephone-instructed, video-instructed, and video-instructed with the filming protocol. Twenty-five emergency medical technicians acted as EMDsin the three conditions. A mannequin measured five factors that determined the effectiveness of the chest compressions. RESULTS: Compared with telephone-instructed CPR, the filming protocol improved the proportion of time in which the bystander's hands were in the correct position during chest compressions. Compared with video-instructed CPR, the filming protocol improved both the proportion of time in which the chest was fully released after each compression and the proportion of time in which the compressions were conducted with an appropriate rhythm. The depth and rate of compressions did not improve in the filming protocol condition. CONCLUSIONS: Video-instructed CPR with the filming protocol improves CPR effectiveness compared to telephone- A nd video-instructed CPR. Detailed implementation can improve new technology introduction.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalTechnology and Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Emergency medical dispatcher
  • cardiac arrest
  • filming protocol
  • telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • video cardiopulmonary resuscitation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Information Systems
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics


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