One Minute of Video Based CPR Training could Save Lives

by Paul Martin -

Hands-Only CPRA new report has verified something we’ve been saying for years.  Video based CPR training works.  And researchers have just revealed findings from a controlled study that took place in a shopping mall.  The researchers used a one minute video with the goal of improving responsiveness and to teach compression only CPR to people with no CPR experience.

The near-100 adult participants were divided into two groups.  A group of 48 adults watched the minute long training video together.  The other group of 47 simply sat idle for a minute.  In a private area, there was a mannequin simulating a sudden collapse.  Both groups were then asked to do “what they thought best.”

Response time was measured as the time it took to call 911 as well as the time it took to start chest compressions.  CPR quality was reflected by chest compression depth, rate and hands-off interval time.

The results:

The adults who saw the CPR video called 911 more frequently, initiated chest compressions sooner, had an increased compression rate, and decreased hands-off interval time.

“Given the short length of training, these findings suggest that ultra-brief video training may have potential as a universal intervention for public venues to help bystander reaction and improve CPR skills,” said Ashish Panchal, M.D., Ph.D. lead researcher of the study.


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