Just one minute of video training on how to perform CPR, given to bystanders in a shopping mall, improved their responsiveness to the emergency and their ability to perform chest compressions.
Researchers used a one-minute CPR video to teach compression-only CPR to people with no CPR experience.
Participants were divided into two groups: 48 adults looked at the video, while 47 sat idle for one minute. Then, in a private area with a mannequin simulating a sudden collapse, both groups were asked to do “what they thought best.” Researchers measured responsiveness as time to call 9-1-1 and start chest compression. CPR quality was reflected by chest compression depth, rate and hands-off interval time.
Adults who saw the CPR video, similar to this, called 9-1-1 more frequently, initiated chest compression sooner, had an increased chest compression rate and a decreased hands-off interval, researchers said.
These findings suggest that ultra-brief video training may have potential as a universal intervention for public venues to help bystander reaction and improve CPR skills.
In less time than it takes to find someone to help you at a MAC counter, you can learn how to save a life. Let’s hear it for CPR-video training in every mall and big-box store this holiday season. Target, are you reading this?