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Optimising clinical performance during resuscitation using video evaluation
  1. David J Lowe1,2,3,
  2. Alistair Dewar1,4,
  3. Adam Lloyd1,6,
  4. Simon Edgar1,5,
  5. Gareth R Clegg1,4
  1. 1 Resuscitation Research Group, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2 Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3 Emergency Department, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
  4. 4 Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  5. 5 Directorate of Medical Education and Department of Anaesthesia, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  6. 6 Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Lowe, Room 2.73, New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 10-16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ER, UK; davidlowe{at}


Video evaluation of resuscitation is becoming increasingly integrated into practice in a number of clinical settings. The purpose of this review article is to examine how video may enhance clinical care during resuscitation. As healthcare and available therapeutic interventions evolve, re-evaluation of accepted paradigms requires data to describe current practice and support change. Analysis of video recordings affords creation of a framework to evaluate individual and team performance and develop unique and tailored strategies to optimise care delivery. While video has been used in a number of non-clinical settings, there has been a recent increase of video systems in the prehospital and other clinical areas. This paper reviews the key opportunities in the emergency department-based resuscitation setting to enhance ergonomics, technical and non-technical skills—at both team and individual level—through video-assisted care performance analysis and feedback.


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  • Contributors DJL conceived the manuscript and wrote the article; AL and AD contributed to the writing of the article and made substantive contributions. GC and SE are supervisors of DJL, AL and AD postgraduate research and substantively reviewed and contributed to the article.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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