Effect of a Cardiac Massage Facilitator Device on the Fatigue of Rescue Workers in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

DOI: 10.2478/jce-2020-0004


Introduction: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a direct intervention for the prevention or postponement of death in patients with cardiac arrest. The fatigue of rescue workers is of high significance when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation effectively. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of a cardiac massage facilitator device on the fatigue of rescue workers in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Materials and Methods: This experimental study was carried out on 30 emergency medical aid non-continuous bachelor students, divided equally into two groups: one group performed cardiac massage using the device and the other without the device. Fatigue levels were assessed using a visual analog scale to evaluate fatigue severity. Results: The mean age of participants was 23.42 ± 2.02 years, the mean height was 175 ± 4.43 cm, and the mean weight was 65.45 ± 5.02 kg. There was a statistically significant difference between the mean fatigue scores of the two groups: 0.06 with the device vs. 0.57 without the device. Conclusion: Our results suggest that the cardiac massage facilitator device presented in this study could be effective in improving the quality of cardiac massage and be helpful in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.