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IJMDC. 2019; 3(8): 681-685

Awareness and interpretation of basic life support and emergency medical services and its associated factors among students

Hatem Tarig Alzahrani, Adel Saeed Eid Alghamdi, Abdullah Saad Alzahrani, Seraj Mohammad Alzahrani, Mohammed Mahdi Alghamdi, Ahmed Saleh Minqash.


Background: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) success rate depends on the knowledge and skills of basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support. The main objective of the present study was to measure the level of awareness of BLS and other skills in a tertiary care hospital among doctors and medical students of the medical, dental profession, nursing students, and interns.

Methodology: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital. The level of awareness on BLS and the associated factors which included age, sex, training level (undergraduate, internship, and postgraduate groups), the course of study (nursing, dental, and medical groups), and previous BLS experience were assessed by using a structured questionnaire. The association of these variables with awareness level was evaluated by independent-test, analysis of variance, and linear regression analysis.

Results: Among 1,000 study subjects, 450 (45%) were students, 300 (30%) interns, and 150 (15%) were postgraduate students. The total mean score of awareness was 4.5±1.7 (score range: 0-10). Level of training, the course of study, and previous exposure to BLS were significantly associated with the level of awareness (p

Key words: Awareness, basic life support (BLS), cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

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