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Cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation for people who use a wheelchair and/or have an atypical chest shape: an educational intervention


Deegan, EM and Saunders, A and Wilson, NJ and McCann, D, Cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation for people who use a wheelchair and/or have an atypical chest shape: an educational intervention, Disability and Rehabilitation Article online first. ISSN 0963-8288 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09638288.2022.2062464


Purpose: To determine the impact of the addition of information specific to people with atypical chest shapes and/or in a wheelchair during mandatory CPR classes on staff confidence to respond to emergency scenarios with these populations.

Materials and methods: A pre-test post-test intervention study was conducted with staff from one of the largest disability organisations in Tasmania, Australia. Supplemented CPR and BLS classes were presented to participants. A purpose-designed questionnaire was completed pre, post, and six-months post after the training.

Results: A significant rise in confidence post-training was demonstrated, and this was retained at the six-month time point. Time spent in the disability sector before the supplemented training or attendance at previous standard CPR classes did not have a significant effect on confidence levels before the supplemented training.

Conclusions: Confidence is closely linked to willingness to act during emergency situations. Improved confidence may therefore result in improved willingness to act for people with disability, atypical chest shapes, and wheelchair users, thus improving health outcomes for these populations and providing this cohort with access to more equitable healthcare.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, nursing, Australia, training, CPR, basic life support, disability
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Community and primary care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Deegan, EM (Mrs Elisha Deegan)
UTAS Author:Saunders, A (Ms Annette Saunders)
UTAS Author:McCann, D (Ms Damhnat McCann)
ID Code:149993
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-05-06
Last Modified:2023-01-13

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