Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Awareness in Saudi Arabia

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Naeem A. Alshoaibi


Cardiac arrest, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Saudi Arabia


Background: This study investigated the knowledge of and willingness to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation among the Saudi Arabian general population.
Methods: The authors randomly distributed 1,000 questionnaires to residents from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which surveyed their knowledge, experiences, and attitudes toward cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The authors then performed descriptive statistics on the results of the questionnaire. The study was conducted from September 2019 to January 2020.
Results: A total of 798 invitees responded. Of the respondents, 511 (64.0%) had previous knowledge about CPR, 283 (35.5%) were completely unaware of CPR, and 11 (1.3%) provided incomplete data. There were 118 (14.8%) participants who encountered a situation that required CPR, and 673 (84.2%) who never experienced a situation that required CPR.  There were 684 (85.7%) respondents who were willing and had the desire to learn more about CPR, 42 (5.3%) were unwilling, and 2 (0.3%) considered CPR useless. Factors that influenced their opinion of CPR included: just for professionals 25 (3.1%), and limited time to learn CPR during everyday life 17 (2.1%).  There were 489 (61.3%) who supported mandatory CPR training for all students, and 117 (14.7%) responded that CPR training should be reserved for specific professions, and 7 (1.1%) were not interested in training.
Conclusions: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in Saudi Arabia is not publicized, and the general public knowledge of the life-saving attributes of CPR should be increased. Most respondents were aware of CPR and expressed a desire and willingness to learn CPR. Overall, there is a need for a CPR training campaign in our region.

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