Self-Reported CPR Training Doesn't Mean Better CPR Performance

From: Health Canal

In a study of visitors to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center emergency department, researchers found that adults who said they had been trained to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed no better in several important CPR measures than those who said they’d never had training.

In the study, researchers with UC’s Department of Emergency Medicine approached 50 non-patient emergency department visitors to train them in doing compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CCPR). Compression-only CPR is recommended by the American Heart Association as the best way to keep someone alive after their heart stops until paramedics arrive because it is easier to remember and does not require "mouth to mouth” breathing.

Before training, participants filled out a questionnaire about their previous CPR training and confidence of performing CPR. Then they spent 60 seconds performing CPR on a training mannequin and were judged on six components of CPR performance before getting CCPR training.
 
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