CPR training in households of patients with chest pain

Chu, Kevin, May, Christopher, Clark, Michele J., & Breeze, Katina (2003) CPR training in households of patients with chest pain. Resuscitation, 57(3), pp. 257-268.

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The objectives of this study are to (1) quantify prior cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in households of patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with or without chest pain or ischaemic heart disease (IHD); (2) evaluate the willingness of household members to undertake CPR training; and (3) identify potential barriers to the learning and provision of bystander CPR. A cross-sectional study was conducted by surveying patients presenting to the ED of a metropolitan teaching hospital over a 6-month period. Two in five households of patients presenting with chest pain or IHD had prior training in CPR. This was no higher than for households of patients presenting without chest pain or IHD. Just under two in three households of patients presenting with chest pain or IHD were willing to participate in future CPR classes. Potential barriers to learning CPR included lack of information on CPR classes, perceived lack of intellectual and/or physical capability to learn CPR and concern about causing anxiety in the person at risk of cardiac arrest. Potential barriers to CPR provision included an unknown cardiac arrest victim and fear of infection. The ED provides an opportunity for increasing family and community capacity for bystander intervention through referral to appropriate training.

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ID Code: 27186
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Adult, Bystander CPR, Cardiac Arrest, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Training
DOI: 10.1016/S0300-9572(03)00039-X
ISSN: 03009572
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Deposited On: 12 Jul 2010 00:01
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:59

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