Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) contributes to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival rates. Several studies have identified hypothetical deterrents to performing CPR in OHCA, including fear of harming the patient, fear of performing CPR correctly, fear of legal retribution for unsuccessful attempts at resuscitating a downed person, and fear of contracting communicable diseases. The authors for this study noted that little is known about the thoughts and feelings of bystanders after being involved in an out-of-hospital resuscitation.
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