Contemporary levels of cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in Denmark

Anne Juul Grabmayr*, Linn Andelius, Nanna Bo Christensen, Fredrik Folke, Kristian Bundgaard Ringgren, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Gunnar Gislason, Theo Walther Jensen, Astrid Rolin Kragh, Mads Christian Tofte Gregers, Julie Samsoee Kjoelbye, Carolina Malta Hansen

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Aim: Many efforts have been made to train the Danish population in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. We assessed CPR and AED training levels among the broad Danish population and volunteer responders.

Methods: In November 2018, an electronic cross-sectional survey was sent to (1) a representative sample of the general Danish population (by YouGov) and (2) all volunteer responders in the Capital Region of Denmark.

Results: A total of 2,085 people from the general population and 7,768 volunteer responders (response rate 36%) completed the survey. Comparing the general Danish population with volunteer responders, 81.0% (95% CI 79.2-82.7%) vs. 99.2% (95% CI 99.0-99.4%) p < 0.001 reported CPR training, and 54.0% (95% CI 51.8; 56.2) vs. 89.5% (95% CI 88.9-90.2) p < 0.001 reported AED training, at some point in life.In the general population, the unemployed and the self-employed had the lowest proportion of training with CPR training at 71.9% (95% CI 68.3-75.4%) and 65.4% (95% CI 53.8-75.8%) and AED training at 39.0% (95% CI 35.2-42.9%) and 34.6% (95% CI 24.2-46.2%), respectively.Applicable to both populations, the workplace was the most frequent training provider. Among 18-29-year-olds in the general population, most reported training when acquiring a driver's license.

Conclusions: A large majority of the Danish population and volunteer responders reported previous CPR/AED training. Mandatory training when acquiring a driver's license and training through the workplace seems to disseminate CPR/AED training effectively. However, new strategies reaching the unemployed and self-employed are warranted to ensure equal access.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100268
JournalResuscitation plus
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

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  • Automated external defibrillators
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training
  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • Resuscitation
  • Volunteer responders


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