Nov 14, 2012

Assessment of knowledge and attitudes regarding automated external defibrillators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation among American University students

Emergency Medicine Journal : EMJ
Brittany BogleAmer Z Aldeen


We sought to quantify knowledge and attitudes regarding automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) among university students. We also aimed to determine awareness of the location of an actual AED on campus. We performed an online survey of undergraduate and graduate students at a mid-sized, private university that has 37 AEDs located throughout its two campuses. 267 students responded to the survey. Almost all respondents could identify CPR (98.5%) and an AED (88.4%) from images, but only 46.1% and 18.4%, respectively, could indicate the basic mechanism of CPR and AEDs. About a quarter (28.1%) of respondents were comfortable using an AED without assistance, compared with 65.5% when offered assistance. Of those who did not feel comfortable, 87.7% indicated that they were 'afraid of doing something wrong.' One out of 6 (17.6%) respondents knew that a student centre had an AED, and only 2% could recall its precise location within the building. Most (66.3%) respondents indicated they would look for an AED near fire extinguishers, followed by the entrance of a building (19.6%). This study found that most students at an American university can identify CPR and AEDs, but do not understand their ba...Continue Reading

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Basic Cardiac Life Support
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Defibrillators, External
Cardiac Arrest

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