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Importance of Conclusion
Three months after training, self-learners using a BLS kit with no facilitator demonstrated better skills retention than students who used the same BLS kit with facilitator-led teaching, performing a higher percentage of correct compressions.
- Although the percentage of correct compressions 3 months after training fell significantly among those who participated in facilitator-led training (48% directly after training vs 28% at follow-up), in self-learners it did not (42% vs 47%).
- After 3 months, self-learners began administering ventilation much earlier in CPR than facilitator-led learners did.
- Advantages of learning without instructors, in addition to better skill retention, include the ability to retrain at the convenience of students whenever needed, and savings on instructor salaries.