Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: January | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 43-47
Knowledge and Practice Regarding Basic Life Support among Nursing Students
Prempati Mayanlambam1, Akoijam Mamata Devi2
1Assistant Professor, 2Associate Professor,
Faculty of Nursing, SGT University, Gurgaon.
Corresponding Author: Prempati Mayanlambam
Background: Basic Life Support (BLS) includes recognition of signs of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), heart attack, stroke and foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO); cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED). It is very important that every person in the community know about Basic Life Support to save lives and improve the quality of community health. At least the doctors, nursing and paramedical staff are expected to know about it, as they are frequently facing life threatening situations and the knowledge of BLS will be definitely useful.
Objective: To assess the existing level of knowledge and practice of B Sc nursing students on BLS. To develop and validate planned teaching program (PTP) on knowledge and practice regarding BLS. To determine the effectiveness of PTP in terms of gaining knowledge and practice scores.
Design/setting/participants: Quasi experimental designs. A total of 40 subjects were chosen for the study. The instrument used to generate necessary data was structured questionnaire for knowledge assessment and observation checklist for practice assessment).
Results: The mean score of pre- test knowledge score of experimental group was 24.65 and post test mean score was 35.5. The median of pre- test and post- test knowledge score of experimental group i.e. 24 and 35 shows difference. The standard deviation of pre- test knowledge score was 1.87 shows difference in comparison to post- test score i.e. 2.27. The T. Value of post- test and post- test knowledge score was 7.08.The mean difference of post- test practice score of experiment group and control group was 4.95.The standard deviation difference of post- test practice score of experiment group and control group was 0.9.The standard error mean difference of pre- test and post- test practice score was 0.14.The T. Value of pre- test and post- test practice score was 5.84.Indicating that level of knowledge and practice of experimental group increase as compared to control group.
Conclusions: Findings indicate that PTP given on knowledge and practice regarding BLS was effective.
Key word: Basic Life Support, sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, foreign-body airway obstruction, community health.