Background: CPR quality is an important determinant of cardiac arrest outcome. Recent investigations have demonstrated that quality of clinical CPR is variable and often not in compliance with international consensus guidelines. The 2005 update of these guidelines included new recommendations for the measurement of resuscitation and CPR performance and the institution of measures to improve resuscitation care. Common definitions and reporting templates need to be established for the variables of CPR quality. This will allow for meaningful comparisons between treatment groups in clinical trials as well as a common system for quality improvement and documentation of this improvement.
Methods/results: In this report, we present the results from an international consensus working group to propose common definitions and criteria for reporting variables of CPR quality, based on the best available data for the importance of various CPR variables. The recommendations are discussed in light of the different purposes outlined above.