Middle school students learn CPR in under an hour

Widespread CPR and AED training can be done for minimal cost and instruction time with this method

ORLANDO, Fla. — A one-time, 45-minute educational session on basic life support has the potential to greatly improve middle school students’ CPR knowledge and skills, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

The researchers, Kae Watanabe, M.D. and Joseph Philip, M.D. of the University of Florida evaluated the use of a 45-minute basic life support class given to 41 eighth-grade students during a physical education class. The instructors taught students about chest compressions and AED use.

"If schools across the United States invested one 45- to 60-minute period a year for each school year, this would ensure widespread CPR and AED knowledge with minimal cost and loss of school time," researchers said.

Students’ CPR knowledge and retention was tested before and right after the initial session, as well as two and four months later.

Researchers reported a notable increase in CPR skills and knowledge before and after the training session. Students retained the information at two and four months after the initial session. And while researchers didn’t note a difference in knowledge between students who took the repeat course and those who didn’t, they did report AED usage was better in the repeat education group.

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