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World Journal of Emergency Medicine ›› 2016, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (4): 255-262.doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920-8642.2016.04.003

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Short lessons in basic life support improve self-assurance in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Mario Kobras1(), Sascha Langewand2, Christina Murr2, Christiane Neu3, Jeannette Schmid4   

  1. 1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Asklepios Western Clinical Centre, 20 Suurheid, City of Hamburg 22559, Federal Republic of Germany
    2 Academy of the Rescue Service Cooperation in Schleswig-Holstein, 50 Esmarch Street, City of Heide 25746, Federal Republic of Germany
    3 Regio Clinical Center GmbH, Sana Group, 71-75 Ramskamp, Elmshorn 25337, County of Pinneberg, Federal Republic of Germany
    4 Executive Committee of the Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M., City of Frankfurt 60323, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Received:2015-08-28 Accepted:2016-03-04 Online:2016-12-15 Published:2016-12-15
  • Contact: Mario Kobras


BACKGROUND: There are several reasons why resuscitation measures may lead to inferior results: difficulties in team building, delayed realization of the emergency and interruption of chest compression. This study investigated the outcome of a new form of in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training with special focus on changes in self-assurance of potential helpers when faced with emergency situations.
METHODS: Following a 12-month period of CPR training, questionnaires were distributed to participants and non-participants. Those non-participants who intended to undergo the training at a later date served as control group.
RESULTS: The study showed that participants experienced a significant improvement in self-assurance, compared with their remembered self-assurance before the training. Their self-assurance also was significantly greater than that of the control group of non-participants.
CONCLUSION: Short lessons in CPR have an impact on the self-assurance of medical and non-medical personnel.

Key words: Basic life support, Simulation training, Non-technical skills, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation