Training neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation: can it be improved by playing a musical prompt? A pilot study

Simone Katrin Dold, Georg Marcus Schmolzer, Marcus Kelm, Peter G Davis, Gerd Schmalisch, Charles Christopher Roehr

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Effective neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) requires 3:1 coordinated manual inflations (MI) and chest compressions (CC). We hypothesized that playing a musical prompt would help coordinate CC and MI during CPR. STUDY DESIGN: In this pilot trial we studied the effect the Radetzkymarsch (110 beats per minute) on neonatal CPR. Thirty-six medical professionals performed CPR on a neonatal manikin. CC and MI were recorded with and without the music played, using a respiratory function monitor and a tally counter. Statistical analysis included Wilcoxon test. RESULTS: Without music, the median (interquartile range) rate of CC was 115 (100 to 129) per minute and the rate of MI was 38 (32 to 42) per minute. When listening to the auditory prompt, the rate of CC decreased significantly to 96 (96 to 100) per minute (p = 0.002) and the rate of MI to 32 (30 to 34) per minute (p = 0.001). The interquartile range of interoperator variability decreased up to 86 . CONCLUSION: Listening to an auditory prompt improved compliance with the recommended delivery rates of CC and MI during neonatal CPR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245 - 248
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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