Chest compression quality is vital in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to optimise the odds of survival. With great interest we read the article by Goulding et al. on the use of a BariBoard™ during CPR in patients with morbid obesity. In brief, the pilot study concluded that the control group achieved better results than the intervention group to improve efficacy of adequate chest compressions (13.4% vs. 4.5%; p = 0.001) and its secondary outcomes including adequate depth (31.3% vs. 15.9%, p < 0.001) and mean rate velocity (63.7% vs. 41.3%, p < 0.001). Adequate CPR was defined as a rate of 100–120 for >80% of compressions, a depth >5 cm for >80% of compressions, and a mean velocity recoil of >350 mm/s over a 2-min cycle of compressions. Furthermore, there was no difference in overall efficacy (odds ratio: 0.62, 85% confidence interval: 0.20–1.90, p = 0.40).
In order to mimic the clinical characteristics of an obese patient, sealed bags of porcine fat were added to the manikins’ torso. We have some concerns about the methodology of the study.
- Goulding K.
- Marchetti R.
- Perera R.
- Johnson R.
- Bailey M.
- Secombe P.
Does the use of BariBoardTM improve adequacy of chest compressions in morbid obesity? A pilot study using a simulation model.
Aust Crit Care. 2021; (Dec 17:S1036-7314(21)00158-2) (Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34930648)
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- Does the use of BariBoardTM improve adequacy of chest compressions in morbid obesity? A pilot study using a simulation model.Aust Crit Care. 2021; (Dec 17:S1036-7314(21)00158-2) (Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34930648)
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Published online: July 06, 2022
Accepted: May 14, 2022
Received: May 10, 2022
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