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Irish primary school teachers’ experiences, training and knowledge in first aid

O'Connor, Siobhán orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2001-0746, Comerford, Evan, Moran, Kieran orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2015-8967, Whyte, Enda orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-9458-9498, Lacey, Peter and Concannon, Aaron (2023) Irish primary school teachers’ experiences, training and knowledge in first aid. Irish Educational Studies . ISSN 0332-3315

Injury and illness can occur in children. Since children spend a considerable amount of time in school, teachers must have the ability to assist when required. However, no research to date has examined Irish primary school teachers’ experiences, training and knowledge in first aid. An online survey (n = 587) examined Irish male and female primary school teachers previous first aid experiences, training and knowledge. Respondents generally showed high levels of both previous first aid training and exposure to events requiring first aid. In addition, most teachers knew the location of the school’s first aid equipment and were aware of their school’s first aid policy. However, many felt ill equipped to deal with these situations, particularly for serious incidents and over a third of teachers were not currently certified in first aid. While teachers displayed good overall knowledge, gaps were evident. The findings demonstrate the need to develop a multilevel school strategy to ensure teacher proficiency and school preparedness in managing situations requiring first aid.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Medical emergency; AED; CPR; defibrillation
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Health
Medical Sciences > Sports sciences
Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Health and Human Performance
Research Institutes and Centres > INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2023.2174568
Copyright Information:© 2023 The Authors.
ID Code:28671
Deposited On:10 Jul 2023 12:19 by Siobhan O'connor . Last Modified 10 Jul 2023 12:19

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