28 August 2019
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR) training in schools can increase the rate of bystander CPR. We assessed whether a “Quality CPR ( QCPR) Classroom” can support CPR performance by students trained by a teacher who is not a CPR instructor.
A cluster randomized trial was undertaken to assess the effectiveness of a 50‐min Practice While Watch CPR training program enhanced by QCPR Classroom, which used 42 manikins connected by Bluetooth to real‐time feedback monitoring. Fifty‐seven students were divided into Group 1, taught by a non‐ CPR‐instructor, and Group 2, taught by a CPR instructor. Psychomotor and cognitive tests were administered before and after training. Primary outcomes were post‐training compression depth and rate and percent of improvement in adequate depth, recoil, and overall score. The secondary outcome was risk improvement.
Post‐training, Group 1 achieved 62.1 ± 7.7 mm and 118.0 ± 3.6 compressions/min whereas Group 2 achieved 57.4 ± 9.8 mm and 119.8 ± 5.4 compressions/min. The overall score improvement in percentage points was 36.4 ± 25.9% and 27.0 ± 27.7%, respectively ( P ≤ 0.001 for both). The adequate depth improvement in percentage points was 22.4 ± 35.4% and 32.5 ± 40.0%, respectively ( P = 0.33). Teaching by a non‐ CPR instructor improved student cognitive knowledge.
In this study, we assessed whether a “Quality CPR (QCPR) Classroom”, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) feedback device for use in classrooms, can support CPR performance among students trained by a teacher who is not a CPR instructor. We compared CPR skills and cognitive knowledge between the group led by an experienced teacher who was not a CPR instructor and the group led by an experienced CPR teacher. The groups did not differ in improvement.