Attitudes of school principals towards cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in Hong Kong secondary schools: A cross sectional study
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AbstractBackground: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use can significantly reduce out-of-hospital cardiac arrest mortality. Currently, CPR knowledge in the Hong Kong public remains low. In other countries, introduction of compulsory CPR teaching in schools has demonstrated a significant subsequent increase in bystander CPR rates.

Methods: Between December 2017 and March 2018, a cross-sectional survey of secondary school principals was conducted. All secondary schools in Hong Kong, except for special schools and tutoring schools, were invited to participate. The 20-question survey assessed general information about the school, acceptability of different strategies that encourage CPR training, and if resuscitation training was offered at the school. If training was offered, details of the duration, instructors, type of skills, and barriers to teaching were gathered. If resuscitation training was not offered, questions on reasons for not providing teaching were answered. The aim of this study is to explore the barriers and school principal attitudes towards in-school CPR and AED training in order to better inform future policies.

Results: A total of 128 questionnaires were received. 108 (96.4%) secondary school principals were interested in promoting resuscitation training to students. 76 (69.1%) principals agreed that resuscitation training should be compulsory. However, only 37 (30.8%) secondary schools currently offer CPR teaching. The main reasons for not offering training include lack of time (28.7%), resources (15.4%), and ‘it was not mandatory in school curriculum’ (14.9%). The most effective strategy to encourage secondary schools to implement a training program is to increase funding for training and equipment (27.4%).

Conclusion: Knowledge of perceived barriers will enable the development of a novel strategy to encourage secondary schools to implement compulsory CPR and AED training.
All Author(s) ListCherry C.Y. LAM, Ming Lai IP, Axel Yuet Chung SIU, Janice Hiu-Hung YEUNG, Ling Yan LEUNG, Kevin K.C. HUNG, Colin A. GRAHAM
Name of ConferenceThe First Cochrane Hong Kong Symposium
Start Date of Conference23/05/2019
End Date of Conference24/05/2019
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleThe First Cochrane Hong Kong Symposium
Year2019
Month5
Pages93 - 93
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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