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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)
(2019) ACTA CLINICA BELGICA. 74(5). p.297-316
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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, HOSPITAL CARDIAC-ARREST, BASIC LIFE-SUPPORT, CARDIOPULMONARY-RESUSCITATION, EUROPEAN RESUSCITATION, CHEST COMPRESSION, LAY RESPONDERS, BYSTANDER CPR, GUIDELINES, KNOWLEDGE, SURVIVAL

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De Smedt, Lieven et al. “Awareness and Willingness to Perform CPR : a Survey Amongst Flemish Schoolchildren, Teachers and Principals.” ACTA CLINICA BELGICA 74.5 (2019): 297–316. Print.
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De Smedt, L., Depuydt, C., Vekeman, E., De Paepe, P., Monsieurs, K., Valcke, M., & Mpotos, N. (2019). Awareness and willingness to perform CPR : a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals. ACTA CLINICA BELGICA, 74(5), 297–316.
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De Smedt, Lieven, Catheline Depuydt, Eva Vekeman, Peter De Paepe, Koenraad Monsieurs, Martin Valcke, and Nicolas Mpotos. 2019. “Awareness and Willingness to Perform CPR : a Survey Amongst Flemish Schoolchildren, Teachers and Principals.” Acta Clinica Belgica 74 (5): 297–316.
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De Smedt, Lieven, Catheline Depuydt, Eva Vekeman, Peter De Paepe, Koenraad Monsieurs, Martin Valcke, and Nicolas Mpotos. 2019. “Awareness and Willingness to Perform CPR : a Survey Amongst Flemish Schoolchildren, Teachers and Principals.” Acta Clinica Belgica 74 (5): 297–316.
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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. 2019;74(5):297–316.
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L. De Smedt et al., “Awareness and willingness to perform CPR : a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals,” ACTA CLINICA BELGICA, vol. 74, no. 5, pp. 297–316, 2019.
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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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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Awareness and willingness to perform CPR : a survey amongst Flemish schoolchildren, teachers and principals},
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  volume       = {74},
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