Danish researchers who distributed more than 35,000 resuscitation manikins to pupils 12 to 14 years found that students responded positively to CPR training.

Students at 806 primary schools used an instructional DVD kit, to train in CPR and subsequently used the kit to train family and friends. They completed a questionnaire on who had trained in CPR using the kit. Teachers also were asked to evaluate the project.

In total, 6,947 questionnaires (19.8%) were returned. The 6,947 kits had been used to train 17,140 students. The teachers had used a mean of 64 minutes for preparation and a mean of 13 minutes to tidy up.

The researchers concluded that CPR training can be disseminated in a population by distributing personal resuscitation manikins among children in primary schools. While the teachers felt able to easily facilitate CPR training, the incidence of bystander CPR did not increase significantly in the months following the project.

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