KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS AND STAFF AT TEACHING DENTAL HOSPITAL
Before receiving complete medical attention at a hospital, patients of life-threatening illnesses or injuries receive basic life support (BSL), which is the first stage of medical care. Study aims to increase knowledge about BLS among dental students and supporting staff, so they can save lives. All batches of BDS undergraduate and staff of Islamabad Dental Hospital were included. The data was collected in the form of questionnaire and SPSS version 23 was used for analysis.
A total sample of 203 with 149 females and 54 males as shown were included with mean age of 22.26+4.525. Participants (94.6%) thought that having knowledge is important and almost half (51.2%) attended the BLS workshop before. 36.5% had the very good knowledge of BLS whereas poor knowledge was found in 17.7%. A significant difference was found between undergraduate dental students and supporting staff. Significant improvement in knowledge was seen in undergraduate students of senior years as compared to junior years of BDS. Dental students and support staff had a good attitude toward BLS training despite the poor knowledge.
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