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Is the public equipped to act in out of hospital cardiac emergencies?

Authors
Journal
Emergency Medicine Journal
1472-0205
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/emj.20.1.85
Keywords
  • Prehospital Care
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Methods: A cross sectional telephone survey, which contained sections regarding participant demographics, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, knowledge of CPR, and the emergency contact number and potential barriers to performing chest compressions and mouth to mouth. Results: A total of 1489 people completed the questionnaire. Only 11% of the population had recently (<12 months) trained in CPR. When presented with a cardiac arrest scenario most participants stated that they would telephone 000. Significantly more respondents believed that they would give mouth to mouth to a family member compared with a stranger. A bleeding victim and fear of not having the skills were the most common barriers that reduced the participants perceived willingness to perform chest compressions and mouth to mouth. Conclusion: This study suggests that a low percentage of the public is currently trained in CPR and also that they are unprepared to act in a cardiac emergency.

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