The perceptions of trainees after attending an immediate life support course
Chalkias, Athanasios F.
Kouskouni, Evangelia E.
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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is paramount for improving survival of cardiac arrest victims. Aim: To investigate the opinion and experiences of healthcare personnel who have successfully participated in an Immediate Life Support (ILS) course. Material-Method: The participants were interviewed using semi-structured interviews 6-10 months after the end of the course. The study was conducted from February 2015 to June 2016. Results: Our study included 27 individuals, 18 nurses and 9 physicians with an average age of 36±2 years. Participation in an ILS course increased resuscitation knowledge. We found a statistically significant correlation between age, sex and work experience with the decision to attend the course. A significant correlation was found between the place of work and difficulty in applying the acquired knowledge and skills. Age and daily application of ILS guidelines were significantly correlated with the knowledge deterioration and intention to repeat the course. Conclusions: Participation in an ILS course increases resuscitation knowledge of healthcare professionals.