Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua

Second Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Many thousands of lives could be saved annually in America with the prompt and correct execution of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The bystander is a vital resource in the basic treatment of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. However, studies have demonstrated that not only is retention of these lifesaving CPR skills poor, but initial acquisition of the CPR skills during training may be inadequate. This paper reviews methods and tools for CPR training, discloses areas of retention loss, and proposes solutions to be explored with further empirical research. With critical skills like CPR, the urgency to better train lay people and medical personnel is great. The goal of CPR training is to teach a skill that can be utilized at a moment's notice in a real cardiac or respiratory arrest emergency. Currently this goal is not being adequately met.

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