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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Awareness of Basic Life Support Among Staff and Students in a Dental School

Sahithi Reddy, Dolar Doshi, Padma Reddy, Suhas Kulkarni, Srikanth Reddy

Citation Information : Reddy S, Doshi D, Reddy P, Kulkarni S, Reddy S. Awareness of Basic Life Support Among Staff and Students in a Dental School. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013; 14 (3):511-517.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1353

Published Online: 01-06-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

To assess and compare the knowledge of basic life support (BLS) among third, fourth and fifth (III, IV and V) year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) clinical students, dental interns, postgraduate students and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) faculty of Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Hyderabad, India.

Materials and methods

A BLS questionnaire consisting of 22 questions was used to assess the levels of III, IV and V years BDS clinical students, dental interns, postgraduate students and BDS and MDS faculty of Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Hyderabad, India. Statistical Package for Social Sciences software (SPSS version 12.0) was used to analyze the statistical data. The p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results

A total of 338 respondents took part in the study. When gender comparison was done with correct knowledge responses, statistically significant differences were noted for Q6, Q9, Q12, Q13, Q15 and Q17. For age groups and educational qualifications, significant difference was observed for all questions. It was noted that III, IV and V year undergraduate clinical students and half of interns had adequate knowledge when compared to postgraduate students (6.9%), BDS tutors (0.00%) and MDS staff (10.7%).

Conclusion

The study concludes that there is a significant lack of knowledge among postgraduates students BDS and MDS faculty, regarding BLS when compared to III, IV and V year's clinical BDS students and dental interns. This study emphasizes the need for all health care professionals to regularly update the knowledge and skills regarding BLS.

How to cite this article

Reddy S, Doshi D, Reddy P, Kulkarni S, Reddy S. Awareness of Basic Life Support Among Staff and Students in a Dental School. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013;14(3):511-517.


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