Abstract 19: Targeted Education Can Change Paramedics' Attitudes to CPR
Objectives: One reason for sub-standard CPR quality may be linked to long-held beliefs and lack of knowledge. We wanted to study if targeted education could change these attitudes among paramedics.
Methods: Ambulance New Brunswick introduced a continuous quality improvement system (CQI) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in 2008 based on CPR-performance recordings. Shortly after this, all paramedics were invited to answer a survey, to study the attitudes and knowledge towards CPR. Learning objectives were constructed from the survey to address attitudes and lack of knowledge, and were used in the following training sessions. The survey was repeated in 2011 to evaluate the effect training had on attitudes. Respondents graded statements on a five-point Likert scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree. Chi-square tests with continuity correction (SPSS v16) were used to test for changes in proportions between the combined agree and disagree answers.
Results: Of 761 invited paramedics, 288 answered in 2008; in 2011 233 of 967 answered. Learning objectives on three subjects were identified: importance of compression depth, confidence in the importance of pre-hospital cardiac arrest care and acceptance of CQI system. A positive change was seen for all three learning objectives, see table 1.
Conclusion: It is possible to change long-held beliefs and attitudes towards CPR trough targeted education.
- © 2011 by American Heart Association, Inc.