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MULTI-NATIONAL ATTITUDINAL SURVEY ON CPR REVEALS CPR PERFORMANCE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Dec 11, 2009

Results of the first-ever, multi-national attitudinal survey concerning the performance of CPR by healthcare professionals were recently presented concurrently with the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Results of the first-ever, multi-national attitudinal survey concerning the performance of CPR by healthcare professionals were recently presented concurrently with the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. This quantitative survey, conducted by Ipsos, a leading global survey-based market research company, and the CPR Improvement Working Group, formed to help improve cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skill performance, provides a broad analysis of how CPR is performed by healthcare professionals on a multi-national basis.

 

CPR is one of the most basic life-saving tools employed by healthcare professionals. However, survey results reveal there is a discrepancy between perception and reality when it comes to CPR knowledge and skill level. Highlights of the survey include:

 

  • Perceived Skill Unaligned with Reality—75 percent of healthcare professionals perceive their level of skill at performing CPR as being quite high. However, only 26 percent stated perceived performance of rate, depth and ratio in compliance with the AHA/ILCOR 2005 CPR guidelines.
  • Healthcare Professionals Unaware that CPR is Poor—Numerous studies report that CPR performance by healthcare professionals is considered poor, yet the survey results show that very few healthcare professionals are aware of this—55 percent of healthcare professionals surveyed believe that studies report CPR quality is good, very good or excellent.
  • CPR Technology is Underutilized—76 percent of healthcare professionals agree that CPR technology can help improve CPR quality and 65 percent agree CPR technology should be used. However, only 36 percent currently use any type of CPR assistance and only 15 percent use CPR assistance with instantaneous feedback, despite the fact studies show CPR technology can improve CPR performance. 
  • Need for Increased CPR Training—93 percent of healthcare professionals believe training is extremely valuable. However, less than half report that their organization provides training beyond requirements.

 

Tested at a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent, the survey consisted of more than 1,000 respondents, including 454 healthcare professionals in the