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Layperson training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation: when less is better.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17468555     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including use of automated external defibrillators, unequivocally saves lives. However, even when motivated, those wishing to acquire training traditionally have faced a myriad of barriers including the typical time commitment (3-4 h) and the number of certified instructors and equipment caches required. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent introduction of innovative video-based self-instruction, utilizing individualized inflatable manikins, provides an important breakthrough in cardiopulmonary-resuscitation training. Definitive studies now show that many dozens of persons can be trained simultaneously to perform basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator, in less than 30 min. Such training not only requires much less labor intensity and avoids the need for multiple certified instructors, but also, because it is largely focused on longer and more repetitious performance of skills, these life-saving lessons can be retained for long periods of time. SUMMARY: Simpler to set-up and implement, the half-hour video-based self-instruction makes it easier for employers, churches, civic groups, school systems and at-risk persons at home to implement such training and it will likely facilitate more frequent re-training. It is now hoped that the ultimate benefit will be more lives saved in communities worldwide.
Lynn P Roppolo; Timothy Saunders; Paul E Pepe; Ahamed H Idris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in critical care     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1531-7072     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Crit Care     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-30     Completed Date:  2008-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504454     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Crit Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  256-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery/Division of Emergency Medicine and Dallas Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 75309-8579, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / education*
Electric Countershock / instrumentation
Health Education / methods*,  organization & administration
Organizational Innovation
Videotape Recording

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