Assessment of nurses' knowledge on basic pulmonary resuscitation (B-CPR)

Aim: To assess the level of knowledge of the nursing staff on basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (B-CPR) according to the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines (ERC 2000) and explore the correlation with demographic and other background factors. MATERIAL-Method: The sample included 128 nurses and 107 assistant nurses from 13 hospitals in Attica and 3 hospitals in Crete. A questionnaire with 14 multiple choice questions which was developed for the specific purpose was used for data collection. Results: The results showed that nursing staff had a low level of knowledge on B-CPR (man 5.88, SD 2.42). The vast majority of the participants (69.2%) did not know the exact rhythm of compression-ventilation. Only half of the sample (54.4%) has attended a Β-CPR seminar. Statistically significant differences were found for the geographical area, the type of department, the educational level, the participation in Β-CPR seminar and the time of the participation. Conclusions: The results of this study showed the need for a systematic and continuous training on Β- CPR of all nurses, especially for the assistants and those who work in general departments.

Category: Volume 46, N 3
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Created Date: 15-09-2007
Authors: Petros Zaharopoulos , Christina Prelorentzou , Anastasios Merkouris