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What is the Optimal Age for Students to Receive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training?

  • Ding-xiu He (a1), Kai-sen Huang (a2), YI Yang (a1), Wei Jiang (a1), Nan-lan Yang (a1) and Hu Yang (a1)...

Abstract

Objectives

Training students has been proven to be the optimal way to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. However, it is somehow unknown whether or not the current recommendations appropriate for Caucasian students are also suitable for East Asian students. The purpose of this study is to explore the best age for East Asian students to receive CPR training.

Methods

Students were recruited from six schools. Students participated in a standard CPR training program provided by tutors. Each student attended a 60-minute training session with a manikin. After being trained, within one hour, the student’s compression quality was assessed.

Results

A total of 360 students who constituted 12 continuous grades were recruited for this study. Adequate compression depth and satisfactory compression rate with correct hand position could be achieved since the age of 12. However, successful compression rate and complete release could be achieved since the younger age of six.

Conclusions

Current recommendations for Caucasian students to cultivate a full-capacity CPR rescuer at the age of 12 are also appropriate for East Asian students. However, the optimal age for students to receive CPR training should be decided based on evidence and importance assessment of CPR.

He D, Huang K, Yang Y, Jiang W, Yang N, Yang H. What is the optimal age for students to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation training? Prehosp Disaster Med. 2018;33(4):394–398.

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Corresponding author

Correspondence: Kai-sen Huang, MD, PhD North Yinghua Mountain Road, 2# Deyang City, Sichuan Province The People’ Republic of China E-mail: 271388479@qq.com

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Conflicts of interest: none

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