Abstract 70: Attitudes, Training Experiences and Professional Expectations Among School Teachers Toward Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training in Secondary Schools: A National Survey
Introduction: In 2005, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training became mandatory by the end of Junior High school (8th grade; 14-15 years) in Denmark, as recommended by the American Heart Association. It is unknown whether consistent CPR training has been implemented.
Methods: Cross-sectional study of all 8th grade homeroom teachers in randomly selected private and public schools (47.9% of all eligible schools). A questionnaire was constructed and pilot tested based on qualitative interviews and the theory of planned behavior and sent to 1382 teachers. Multivariable logistic regression and generalized estimating equation were used to identify factors associated with completed CPR training.
Results: Of 667 (48.3%) respondents, 25.2% were male and the median age was 43 years. The minority of 8th grade classes had received training in CPR (28.5%; 95% CI, 25.1%-32.1%) or CPR and AED use (10.2%; 95% CI, 8.0%-12.8%) or were planning to complete training by the end of 8th grade (11.4%; 95% CI, 8.7-14.6). While few respondents (14.1%; 95% CI, 11.4%-17.1%) were aware that CPR training is mandatory, the majority supported mandatory training in CPR (88.0%; 95% CI, 85.2%-90.4%) and AED use (78.2%; 95% CI, 74.8%-81.4%). Most respondents felt unprepared to train students in CPR (86.8%; 95% CI, 83.9%-89.3%), and would prefer external instructors undertook training (71.7%; 95% CI, 68.1%-75.1%). The most important correlates of CPR training were knowledge of it being mandatory, presence of a CPR training coordinator and feeling prepared to train students in CPR (Figure 1).
Conclusion: Despite being mandatory in all Danish schools since 2005, the minority of students has received or will receive CPR training by the end of 8th grade. The main barriers were feeling unprepared to train students in CPR, lack of knowledge that it is mandatory and a CPR training coordinator at the school.
Author Disclosures: C. Malta Hansen: Research Grant; Significant; Laerdal. L. Zinckernagel: None. T. Tjørnhøj-Thomsen: None. A.K. Ersbøll: None. M. Wissenberg: None. P. Weeke: None. F.K. Lippert: None. G. Gislason: None. L. Køber: None. C. Torp-Pedersen: None. F. Folke: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.