Simulated CPR Results Show Lack of Force

by Joy Keller on Oct 01, 2007

How long has it been since you’ve practiced your cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills? Recent findings show that the majority of people untrained in CPR, and even many trained emergency personnel, do not push with enough force.

The research, detailed in the June issue of Cardiovascular Engineering, tested 104 adults untrained in CPR and 83 trained firefighters. Findings showed that most of the untrained people did not apply enough force, said Leslie Geddes, Purdue University’s Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering, in a press release.

Participants pushed on a bathroom scale, which recorded force, as though they were performing CPR. “All we are trying to establish is how hard people are able to push in a simulated CPR situation,” Geddes said. “You can’t tell from the data how successful they would have been in a real-life situation.” The findings showed that 60% of the CPR-trained rescue personnel pushed with more than 125 pounds of force, whereas more than 60% of those not trained in CPR failed to push with that much force. Pushing with more than 125 pounds, which the American Heart Association recommends, increases the potential for rib fractures; however, chances for survival also increase.

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.