Therapeutic Hypothermia

Community CPR Knowledge and Awareness

Bystander CPR Knowledge and Awareness:

Since less than 30% of lay witnesses to cardiac arrest attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), understanding the public's perception of CPR training and performance is essential to inform future CPR training methods. We developed mixed qualitative and quantitative survey interview instruments to assess lay public perspectives on CPR and AEDs, which we are administering in the hospital environment as well as in local Philadelphia churches and community centers with the hope that our findings will help inform future public messaging surrounding bystander CPR training and performance.

Promoting Awareness of SCA and Chain-of-Survival in communities:

To increase public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, we occasionally host recognition events such as the Survivor Event June 2009 and the Chain-of-Survival Recognition Event March 2011. These events can help shed light on the importance of early effective bystander CPR and quality post-resuscitation care, while encouraging others to be an asset in their respective communities. Refer to pictures provided on the current website.

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