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Do cardiac rehabilitation programs offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in Australia and New Zealand?

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posted on 2016-06-01, 00:00 authored by Susie CartledgeSusie Cartledge, Janet E Bray, Dion Stub, Henry Krum, Judith Finn
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation may provide an ideal environment to train high-risk cardiac patients and their families in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). However, whether this training is currently offered is unknown. The aims of this study were to: 1) describe the prevalence of CPR training in cardiac rehabilitation programs in Australia and New Zealand (NZ); and 2) examine perceived barriers and attitudes of cardiac rehabilitation coordinators towards providing CPR training. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional online survey of Australian and NZ cardiac rehabilitation coordinators. RESULTS: We received 253 completed surveys (46.7% response rate) (Australia n=208, NZ n=45). Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training was included in 23.9% of Australian programs and 56.6% in NZ. Common barriers to CPR training included lack of resources (49.7%) and a lack of awareness to provide CPR training for this high-risk group (33.7%). The majority of coordinators believed that lay people should be trained in CPR (96.3%) and were comfortable with recommending CPR training to this high-risk group (89.4%). CONCLUSIONS: While cardiac rehabilitation coordinators have positive attitudes towards CPR training, it is not currently part of most programs - particularly in Australia. Organisations formulating cardiac rehabilitation recommendations and guidelines should give consideration to include the provision of CPR training.

History

Journal

Heart, lung and circulation

Volume

25

Issue

6

Pagination

607 - 612

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1443-9506

eISSN

1444-2892

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)