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Awareness and willingness to perform CPR: a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals

Lieven De Smedt (UGent) , Catheline Depuydt, Eva Vekeman (UGent) , Peter De Paepe (UGent) , Koenraad Monsieurs (UGent) , Martin Valcke (UGent) and Nicolas Mpotos (UGent)
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Objectives: Training children in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the strategies to increase bystander CPR in society. Reinforcing knowledge and awareness and increasing willingness to perform bystander CPR contributes to a better outcome after cardiac arrest. We questioned schoolchildren, teachers and principals about their awareness of the importance of CPR and about their willingness to perform CPR. Methods: During a four-month period, Flemish schoolchildren aged 10–18 years, teachers and principals were invited to complete a survey consisting of three parts: (1) demographics, (2) CPR (training) experience and (3) attitude towards CPR teaching and training. Result: In total, 390 schoolchildren, 439 teachers and 100 principals completed the survey. Previous CPR training was reported by 33% of the schoolchildren (in 82% as part of the curriculum) and by 81% teachers and 82% principals. Willingness to participate in CPR training was 77% in schoolchildren, 79% in teachers and 86% in principals with 88% of the principals convinced that schoolchildren should learn how to perform CPR. Willingness to perform CPR in a real-life situation was 68% in schoolchildren, 84% in teachers and 92% in principals. Conclusion: Schoolchildren are well aware of the importance of CPR and are willing to acquire the related knowledge and skills. Noteworthy is the larger awareness among principals and teachers, establishing a strong base for increasing implementation of CPR training in schools. However, a majority of children indicated a lack of training opportunities, highlighting the need for a stronger implementation.
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Basic Life Support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, children, schools, motivation, schoolchildren

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De Smedt, Lieven, Catheline Depuydt, Eva Vekeman, Peter De Paepe, Koenraad Monsieurs, Martin Valcke, and Nicolas Mpotos. 2018. “Awareness and Willingness to Perform CPR: a Survey Amongst Flemish Schoolchildren, Teachers and Principals.” Acta Clinica Belgica.
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De Smedt, L., Depuydt, C., Vekeman, E., De Paepe, P., Monsieurs, K., Valcke, M., & Mpotos, N. (2018). Awareness and willingness to perform CPR: a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals. ACTA CLINICA BELGICA.
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De Smedt L, Depuydt C, Vekeman E, De Paepe P, Monsieurs K, Valcke M, et al. Awareness and willingness to perform CPR: a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals. ACTA CLINICA BELGICA. 2018;
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De Smedt, Lieven, Catheline Depuydt, Eva Vekeman, et al. “Awareness and Willingness to Perform CPR: a Survey Amongst Flemish Schoolchildren, Teachers and Principals.” ACTA CLINICA BELGICA (2018): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Objectives: Training children in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the strategies to increase bystander CPR in society. Reinforcing knowledge and awareness and increasing willingness to perform bystander CPR contributes to a better outcome after cardiac arrest. We questioned schoolchildren, teachers and principals about their awareness of the importance of CPR and about their willingness to perform CPR.
Methods: During a four-month period, Flemish schoolchildren aged 10--18 years, teachers and principals were invited to complete a survey consisting of three parts: (1) demographics, (2) CPR (training) experience and (3) attitude towards CPR teaching and training.
Result: In total, 390 schoolchildren, 439 teachers and 100 principals completed the survey. Previous CPR training was reported by 33\% of the schoolchildren (in 82\% as part of the curriculum) and by 81\% teachers and 82\% principals. Willingness to participate in CPR training was 77\% in schoolchildren, 79\% in teachers and 86\% in principals with 88\% of the principals convinced that schoolchildren should learn how to perform CPR. Willingness to perform CPR in a real-life situation was 68\% in schoolchildren, 84\% in teachers and 92\% in principals.
Conclusion: Schoolchildren are well aware of the importance of CPR and are willing to acquire the related knowledge and skills. Noteworthy is the larger awareness among principals and teachers, establishing a strong base for increasing implementation of CPR training in schools. However, a majority of children indicated a lack of training opportunities, highlighting the need for a stronger implementation.},
  author       = {De Smedt, Lieven and Depuydt, Catheline and Vekeman, Eva and De Paepe, Peter and Monsieurs, Koenraad and Valcke, Martin and Mpotos, Nicolas},
  issn         = {1784-3286},
  journal      = {ACTA CLINICA BELGICA},
  keyword      = {Basic Life Support,cardiopulmonary resuscitation,children,schools,motivation,schoolchildren},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Awareness and willingness to perform CPR: a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17843286.2018.1482087},
  year         = {2018},
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