The impact of CPR and AED training on healthcare professionals' self-perceived attitudes to performing resuscitation
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, ISSN 1757-7241, Vol. 20, 26- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Healthcare professionals have shown concern about performing mouth-to-mouth ventilation due to the risks to themselves with the procedure. However, little is known about healthcare professionals' fears and attitudes to start CPR and the impact of training. Objective: To examine whether there were any changes in the attitudes among healthcare professionals to performing CPR from before to after training. Methods: Healthcare professionals from two Swedish hospitals were asked to answer a questionnaire before and after training. The questions were relating to physical and mental discomfort and attitudes to CPR. Statistical analysis used was generalized McNemar's test. Results: Overall, there was significant improvement in 10 of 11 items, reflecting various aspects of attitudes to CPR. All groups of health care professionals (physicians, nurses, assistant nurses, and "others" = physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social welfare officers, psychologists, biomedical analysts) felt more secure in CPR knowledge after education. In other aspects, such as anxiety prior to a possible cardiac arrest, only nurses and assistant nurses improved. The concern about being infected, when performing mouth to mouth ventilation, was reduced with the most marked reduction in physicians (75%; P < 0.001). Conclusion: In this hospital-based setting, we found a positive outcome of education and training in CPR concerning healthcare professionals' attitudes to perform CPR. They felt more secure in their knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In some aspects of attitudes to resuscitation nurses and assistant nurses appeared to be the groups that were most markedly influenced. The concern of being infected by a disease was low.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 20, 26- p.
Education, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Attitude, Defibrillators, Health personnel
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175633DOI: 10.1186/1757-7241-20-26ISI: 000304098600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175633DiVA: diva2:532685