CPR 4 Schools is an ambitious training programme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) to equip post-primary school students with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. In the 2008–09 school year, a pilot of the programme was rolled out to 27,000 Transition Year students. The programme is one element of the IHF’s strategy to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest, which causes an estimated 5,000 deaths in Ireland every year. Most of these deaths occur at home. If there is a witness, it is most often a relative.
CommentsThis report outlines an independent evaluation of the CPR 4 Schools programme by the Population Health Sciences Division of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The study aimed to examine teachers’ experiences of running the programme in their classrooms and to identify what they considered to be the positive and the negative aspects of the training. The study also aimed to assess students’ knowledge and acceptance of CPR just after completing the programme and again six months later, to evaluate the medium-term impact of training.
Published CitationBurke H, Morgan K, McGee H. CPR 4 Schools Evaluation Study Report. Dublin: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2010