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SANCHEZ GARCIA, Ana Belén et al. Assessment of the knowledge level and its relevance in terms of CPR in medical personnel of the hospital emergency medical system of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.39, pp.230-245. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most important hospital care team procedures to be administered by emergency medical services. There is a consensus as to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations, which are regularly updated every five years. International recommendations advise health professionals to update their knowledge every two years. The objective of this paper is to discover health professionals' levels of knowledge as regards CPR, whether they are appropriately updated and to confirm whether the training courses on CPR performed improve health personnel's knowledge levels. Method: A 20-question survey based on American Heart Association (AHA) and Spanish Society of Medicine and Intensive Care (SEMICYUC) recommendations was carried out. Results: Evidence-based results strongly suggest that participants do not follow the international standards as regards training in CPR. Sixty four point seven percent of the participants attend at least one CPR course after 2010, but 10.1% never took a refresher course. Thirty percent of the faculties, 90% of the medical residents and 7% of the nursing staff did not obtain the training required by the AHA in hospital emergency services (one course every two years). Our results show that the higher number of courses received, the higher is the level of knowledge regarding CPR that health staff obtain. Conclusions: There is a need for new approaches as regards the learning methodology used in CPR courses. Our results show that healthcare staff are aware of the need to acquire knowledge on CPR via regular training.

Keywords : Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; Health Knowledge; Attitude and Health personnel.

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