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Vogel, Linda

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Weiler, Spencer

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Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States. While the medical research has exhaustively documented that immediate response directly impacts survival rates in SCA and that schools could be the best catalyst for creating change by bystanders, there is little to no educational research addressing school policy or practices in regards to cardiac emergencies in schools. The purpose of this dissertation was to identify and describe characteristics of the Colorado schools that offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and onsite automated external defibrillators (AED). Two research questions were answered, Of respondents, what are the characteristics of schools that provide CPR training? Of respondents, what are the characteristics of schools that have an on-site AED? This dissertation was a quantitative study with survey design as the methodology. Participants for the study were Colorado school leaders. The survey collection method was electronic questionnaire. Data analysis was descriptive statistics. The data analysis described trends associated with school characteristics to CPR training and AED availability at responding schools. These trends indicated a need for further research of CPR training and AED availability in Colorado schools.


Automated external defibrillator, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Educational health policy, Health education, School crisis planning, Sudden cardiac arrest


175 pages

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