CPR Education for Families of Cardiac Patients before Hospital Discharge

Approximately 80% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occur in the home environment, therefore, CPR training is important for family members and friends of those at risk for cardiac arrest. The goal of this PCORI funded, multicenter, pragmatic clinical trial is to use the hospital as a unique "point of capture" to empower at-risk families with the skills of CPR. We offer CPR training on the cardiology and telemetry wards of four University of Pennsylvania Health System hospitals (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital) and four other hospitals in the Philadelphia area, with the goal of developing a sustainable CPR training model by utilizing resources within the hospital. We seek to compare two strategies for patient/family education in CPR before hospital discharge, a VSI kit (video self-instruction kit) with inflatable manikin and a mobile app with an embedded AHA hands-only CPR training video, offered in both English and Spanish.

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Study Contacts: Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil and Audrey L. Blewer, MPH

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Volunteer opportunity:

As part of this study, we engage a number of student volunteers interested in academic medical research and/or public health. Volunteers are trained by the study team to identify, screen, and enroll subjects into our study. Duties include obtaining informed consent, facilitating hands-only CPR training at the time of enrollment, and data collection. Students will work on the telemetry units at the UPHS hospitals and will be asked to commit to one 2-hour shift per week for a minimum of 1 academic semester.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please use the link below to complete our brief volunteer application form. In the application, you will need to attach your resume and a cover letter stating your interest in this program. After we have reviewed your application, a member of the study team will contact you with next steps.

CPR Training Study Volunteer Application Link

Please send any questions you have to CPRTrainingTeam@uphs.upenn.edu

Related Publications:

  1. Recruitment for a hospital-based pragmatic clinical trial using volunteer nurses and students
    Blewer AL, Li J, Ikeda DJ, Leary M, Buckler DG, Riegel B, Desai S, Groeneveld PW, Putt ME, Abella BS.
    Clin Trials. 2016 Apr 19. pii: 1740774516643265. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 27094486
  2. Dissemination of CPR video self-instruction materials to secondary trainees: Results from a hospital-based CPR education trial
    Ikeda DJ, Buckler DG, Li J, Agarwal AK, Di Taranti LJ, Kurtz J, Reis RD, Leary M, Abella BS, Blewer AL.
    Resuscitation. 2016 Mar;100:45-50. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.12.016. Epub 2016 Jan 14.
    PMID: 26776900
  3. Impact of the 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines Training on Layperson Chest Compressions
    Blewer, AL, Buckler, DG, Li J, Leary, M, Becker, LB, Shea, JA, Groeneveld, PW, Putt, ME, Abella, BS.
    Would Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2015;6(4):270-6. 
    PMID: 26693261
  4. Continuous chest compression cardiopulmonary resuscitation training promotes rescuer self-confidence and increased secondary training: a hospital-based randomized controlled trial
    Blewer AL, Leary M, Esposito EC, Gonzalez M, Riegel B, Bobrow BJ, Abella BS.
    Crit Care Med. 2012 Mar;40(3):787-92. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318236f2ca.
    PMID: 22080629
  5. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training of family members before hospital discharge using video self-instruction: a feasibility trial
    Blewer AL, Leary M, Decker CS, Andersen JC, Fredericks AC, Bobrow BJ, Abella BS.
    J Hosp Med. 2011 Sep;6(7):428-32. doi: 10.1002/jhm.847. Epub 2010 Nov 8.
    PMID: 21916007