There is mismatch in age between those usually trained in CPR and those witnessing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with mean age reported at 30 and 65 years old, respectively. Two tier mass CPR self-training with manikin–DVD sets using school children has been reported. We have studied high school students as first tier and encouraged them to train older people.
Four separate groups were tested: students before or after training and second tier adults before or after training with first tier students as facilitators. CPR performance was videotaped and electronically documented on a Skillmeter Anne manikin.
Each student reported to train mean 2.8 extra persons, and 43% were aged 50 or older. Pre-training results were poor, while first and second tier persons performed equally well after training, and within ERC guideline recommendations.
People trained at home with a manikin-DVD set and high school students as facilitators were able to perform CPR as recommended by ERC guidelines with a reasonable percentage aged 50 or older.