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Are final year medical students ready to save lives in Italy? Not yet
  1. Enrico Contri1,2,
  2. Maria Concetta Bonomo1,2,
  3. Giulia Costantini1,3,
  4. Miriam Manera1,
  5. Marco Bormetti3,
  6. Michela Tonani1,4,
  7. Enrico Baldi1,5
  1. 1 IRC Comunità Training Center, Pavia nel Cuore, Pavia, Italy
  2. 2 School of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
  3. 3 Local Committee of Pavia, Italian Medical Students’ Secretariat (SISM), Pavia, Italy
  4. 4 School of Internal Medicine, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
  5. 5 School of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Enrico Contri, Pavia nel Cuore, via Opicino de Canistris 7, Pavia, 27100, Italy; enrico.contri{at}

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We read with interest the paper by Perkins GD and colleagues on a series of initiatives to improve outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in which teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to schoolchildren play a key role.1 Evidence in the literature confirms that teaching CPR in school saves lives.2

If even schoolchildren know CPR, even more so a young doctor should know how to treat a cardiac arrest. However, since we …

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  • Contributors EC designed the study and edited the survey; MCB revised the questions; GC, MM, MB and MT distributed the survey to students in different universities; EB revised the draft.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.