Impact of Training on Knowledge and Attitude Regarding First Aid among Students of Schools of AhmedabadRachna Kapoor, Sheetal Vyas, Parth Mashru, Aashinee Mehta, Abhijeet Mehta, Shailee Mehta, Vaidehi Mehta, Tapan Dodia, Akshay Mehta, Jigna Patel, Komal Solanki, Rahul Vajani.
"Background: Accidents and injuries rank among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, it is often possible to minimize injury and crash consequences by providing effective pre-hospital services promptly. Appropriate knowledge on prevention, control and management of common illnesses and injuries will play a long way in reducing the morbidity and mor-tality. Hence training is a good step in reducing such mortalities.
Method: About 300 students of two schools of Ahmedabad city were administered a pretested pre-designed questionnaire for as-sessing their baseline knowledge about selected first-aid skills, fol-lowed by on-the-spot demonstration of the skills by medical students and post intervention evaluation on the same day with same questionnaire.
Results: The baseline knowledge about the objectives of first aid was only 36.6%. The range of knowledge about different aspects of first aid was 7.66% to 63.33% before training which increased to 39% to 92.33% as assessed after training. The lowest percentage of correct response was obtained regarding the management of foreign body in the wound (7.66%) before training. Chi square test showed that there was statistically highly significant difference in knowledge of students after training.
Conclusion: Training of first aid should be incorporated as a part of school curriculum."
Key words: First-aid, Education, Common illnesses and injuries, School children