– It feels good to share the results of study to others, says Helena North Ljungqvist.
The results are based on analysis of communication at 20 simulated cardiac arrest situations. Test subjects have received instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation measures (CPR) by emergency operators at SOS Alarm.
The airway difficult
The phone calls were recorded while subjects were filmed.
The single most difficult instructions to follow for both the emergency operator and layman were airway instruction.
Only 25 percent of alarm operators followed the instructions as a whole and ten percent of the subjects were able to create a clear airway.
The results showed that if the alarm operators fully follow their instructions for guidance in CPR so did the subjects entitled to 70 per cent.
A somewhat unexpected finding was that there seemed to be little difference in the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation measures, depending on whether the communication was good or poor.
– This may be the funderas over. One conclusion might be that it requires regular training to do CPR, another that it is difficult to take instructions on the phone, says Helena North Ljungqvist.
She stresses that the study is based on a relatively small surface and that it is not possible to draw far-reaching conclusions from it.
Master's dissertation on telefoninstruerad CPR has been made under the supervision of Katarina Bohm, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Science and Education, South Hospital and Margaret Burn Energy, Department of Nursing, Umeå University.