Emergency response readiness for primary school children
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Objective. The aim of the present study was to determine whether a 1-day basic life support (BLS) training program can significantly increase emergency response readiness for primary school children. Methods. One hundred and seven children aged 11–12 years completed a program led by surf lifesaving instructors. A 50-item quiz was administered 1 week before and 1 and 8 weeks after training. Results. Significant improvements were gained in knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR; P < 0.001), the response sequence for emergency situations (DRSABCD action plan) and various emergency scenarios, including choking (P < 0.001) and severe bleeding (P < 0.001). Knowledge and understanding were retained at the 8-week follow-up. Students reported increased confidence in assisting others after training, consistent with previous studies. Conclusions. A 1-day training program can significantly increase BLS knowledge and confidence to provide assistance in an emergency situation. Findings reinforce the value of school-based training that provides a general foundation for emergency response readiness.
Australian Health Review
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