Purpose of the study: Many mobile apps have been developed in recent years to support cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. We carried out a randomized study to assess the effectiveness of the most downloaded apps in Italy and to evaluate trainees’ preferences.
Materials and methods: CPR courses were held for 200 student nurses. Before training, four selected apps were shown; students were asked to choose their favourite app and then randomized to use only an app. Practical work was conducted on Resusci-Anne manikins with training defibrillators. Finally, instructors used the skill test form by Italian Resuscitation Council for a blind evaluation of practical abilities. The 16 items were grouped in 4 categories (A: Airways, B: Breathing, C: Circulation, D: Defibrillation) and summed in a total and four categorical scores. R program was used for statistical analysis.
Results: Respectively, each app was preferred by 14%, 10.5%, 73% and 2.5% of student nurses (chi-square uniformity test, p-value