Evaluation of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation curriculum in a low resource environment

Mary P. Chang, Camila B. Lyon, David Janiszewski, Deborah Aksamit, Francis Kateh, John Sampson

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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether a 2-day International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Universal Algorithm-based curriculum taught in a tertiary care hospital in Liberia increases local health care provider knowledge and skill comfort level.

METHODS: A combined basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) curriculum was developed for low-resource settings that included lectures and low-fidelity manikin-based simulations. In March 2014, the curriculum was taught to healthcare providers in a tertiary care hospital in Liberia. In a quality assurance review, participants were evaluated for knowledge and comfort levels with resuscitation before and after the workshop. They were also videotaped during simulation sessions and evaluated on standardized performance metrics.

RESULTS: Fifty-two hospital staff completed both pre-and post-curriculum surveys. The median score was 45% pre-curriculum and 82% post-curriculum (p<0.00001). The median provider comfort level score was 4 of 5 pre-curriculum and 5 of 5 post-curriculum (p<0.00001). During simulations, 93.2% of participants performed the pulse check within 10 seconds, and 97.7% performed defibrillation within 180 seconds.

CONCLUSIONS: Clinician knowledge of and comfort level with CPR increased significantly after participating in our curriculum. A CPR curriculum based on lectures and low-fidelity manikin simulations may be an effective way to teach resuscitation in this low-resource setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-141
Number of pages6
JournalInternational journal of medical education
StatePublished - Nov 7 2015


  • CPR
  • Liberia
  • low-resource environment
  • medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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