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INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL OF STUDENTS RESEARCH - VOLUME 2 ISSUE 1, June-Nov 2013

Pages: 04-21

AWARENESS OF BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AMONG STUDENTS AND TEACHING FACULTY IN A DENTAL COLLEGE IN COORG, KARNATAKA

 

Author: Sudeep C B1, Peter Simon Sequeira2, Jithesh Jain3, Vipin Jain1, Mathew Maliyil1

Category: Original Research

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Introduction: Basic life support (BLS) is a core skill in which all healthcare professionals should be proficient. It is logical to provide BLS training during undergraduate years ensuring basic competence in all graduating healthcare students. Previous surveys of medical and dental schools have highlighted deficiencies in BLS training. This survey sought to assess awareness of BLS among students and teaching faculty in a dental college in Coorg, Karnataka. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out among a convenience sample of 250 dental students (IIIrd BDS, IVth BDS, Interns, and Post-graduates) and teaching faculty at the Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Coorg, Karnataka. The Closed – ended questionnaire containing selected basic multiple choice questions regarding various aspects of BLS was used to assess the awareness. Results: 60% of the responders scored less than 50% marks, 15.6% of the responders scored between 50-59% marks, 14% of the responders scored 60-69% marks, 4.8% scored marks between 70-79% marks, only 5.6% of the responders scored between 80-89% marks, and no responder scored above 90% marks. Conclusion: Awareness of BLS among dental students and teaching faculty needs to be improved and updated

Keywords: Awareness, Basic Cardiac Life Support, Questionnaire, Emergencies

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