Improve Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Chinese Community

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Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Nursing

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Community Health Equity Research & Policy


Though many community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training classes are available throughout the United States, disparities exist in training and receipt of bystander CPR for Chinese immigrants with limited English proficiency. To increase the number of persons prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency, a Chinese language CPR training program was offered in the community in collaboration with the Stanford Department of Community Partnership. Program leaders imported the American Heart Association approved Chinese version of Heartsaver® for Adult CPR and AED from the China Mainland to make the training accessible to Chinese immigrants with LEP. In 2018, two CPR training events were conducted with 47 participants. All participants successfully demonstrated bystander (hands-only) CPR skills with 91% of participants reporting confidence and 97% willingness to perform CPR. As the first known CPR class offered in the Chinese language in the San Francisco Bay Area using official AHA products, this project provides valuable information regarding community interest and feasibility for expanding this educational program.


Chinese community, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation, limited English proficiency