School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Bystander CPR training, Barriers to Bystander CPR, Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Medical Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Scott, Ragan, "Bystander CPR Training for Laypersons and Caregivers of Those at High Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest: An Integrative Review" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2636.
Sudden Cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States (U.S.) with approximately 475,000 deaths annually (AHA, 2018). Approximately 70% of these deaths occur as out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA; AHA, 2018). Currently, the survival rate for OHCA is 10% with the lack of bystander CPR being a large contributor to the high mortality rate (AHA, 2018). This project evaluated the literature related to bystander CPR training to determine if this training improves willingness to perform bystander CPR and overcomes common barriers that inhibit the initiation of bystander CPR in OHCA. The projected outcome for this project is to provide the evidence that bystander CPR training improves willingness to perform bystander CPR and overcomes barriers inhibiting the initiation of bystander CPR in OHCA.