SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (December 10, 2020) – In a survey of 337 CPR instructors, researchers at Avive Solutions found widespread concerns about the negative impact that COVID-19 is having on bystander willingness to help victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Notably, 74% of responding instructors expressed either strong (40%) or moderate (34%) concern about bystander inaction in response to OHCA. The most frequently cited concerns were permutations of the following: fear of infection, resistance towards touching strangers, and elevated levels of preexisting bystander reluctance.
The survey further revealed striking decreases in CPR training volume. “Over 73% of the respondents reported a decline in the number of students they have been training since the pandemic began. 52% of those instructors said they have lost more than half of their pre-pandemic students,” shares Anna Harleen, a Research Associate at Avive and the report author. Alongside this decline, COVID-19 has prompted 9% of surveyed instructors to stop teaching entirely.
The study was in the form of a 16-question online survey distributed via social media and email outreach. The researchers received 337 valid responses between 9/10/2020 and 10/9/2020 which were then analyzed to draw insights into the connection between COVID-19 and CPR readiness.