Training schoolchildren in cardiopulmonary resuscitation worldwide is now endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a few countries, educating school children in CPR is already mandatory, and in many countries, local, regional and national initiatives have been started. The European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the American Heart Association (AHA) and other resuscitation organisations have invested considerable effort and initiative into this approach.
We already know that:
- it is extremely easy and effective to train schoolchildren in CPR
- before puberty, children have a very open approach to CPR training
- teachers who have been trained can teach CPR; they do it as well and as effectively as healthcare professionals.
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