STATES CHRONICLE – A recent study published in the journal of Pediatrics suggests metronomes can boost survival rates in CPR procedures. Researchers have found that medical experts performing CPR maneuvers were more likely to maintain compression rates when accompanied by a metronome.
Metronomes are life saving devices, musicians would say. Medical experts would confirm and add that metronomes are literally life saving devices. The new benefit of the metrical chronometer has been discovered during a research conducted by scientists at the American Society of Pediatrics.
The study involved 150 medical experts performing CPR maneuvers on training dummies. The first procedures were carried out following the regular instructions, whereas the remaining half of the procedures were performed with the help of a metronome.
Researchers started from the premise that compression rates are the most important when performing CPR procedures. Yet, very few people actually manage to apply 90 – 100 chest compressions per minutes because they generally get too tired to follow the rhythm.
Fortunately, the metronome made a significant difference between the two procedures. Scientists have noticed that volunteers reached the 90-100 limit of chest compressions when they were assisted by a metronome in 72 percent of the cases. In absence of the metric chronometer this only happened for 50 percent of the cases.
Scientists have explained that the metronome preserves its main function even during the CPR procedure. Much like in the case of music beats, the chronometer lets medical staffers know which rhythm they should use to increase survival rates during CPR procedures.
Keeping the rhythm is extremely important during CPR maneuvers because it is the only factor preventing the brain from getting damaged. During cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), medical experts are supposed to keep the heart pumping blood into the brain, so the patient will start breathing on its own. Fast chest compression rates are the only ones that can help the patient stay alive, which is why it is important that volunteers learn the correct ‘tempo’.
The study has offered a useful alternative for all doctors and volunteers preparing for CPR maneuvers. The only question that remains is where should doctors get a metronome when they need one? The American Heart Association thinks following Bee Gee’s ‘Staying Alive’ beat could help maintain the 90-100 compression rate if there is no metronome around.
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