AWARENESS AND SKILLS IN DEFIBRILLATOR USE AMONG STAFF IN NICVD AT THE CIVIL HOSPITAL, HYDERABAD, SINDH, PAKISTAN

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Aisha
M.Najeeb Memon
Almas Ashraf
Ghulam Sabri

Keywords

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Defibrillator, NICVD, Knowledge, Skills and Hospital

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the knowledge, skills, and significance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) regarding the use of a defibrillator among staff members working in the cardiology department.


METHODOLOGY: A Descriptive cross-sectional study based on the purposive sampling technique was used. Total of 162 participants, including doctors, nurses, and technicians with at least one year of training in cardiology settings. Version 22 of SPSS and AMOS were used for the data analysis.


Results: Doctors demonstrated higher awareness than nurses and technicians, with significant differences in their understanding of the correct way to abbreviate an AED. 13.3% of doctors administered 150 joules, followed by nurses (5%), technicians (21.4%), and 63.3% of doctors administered 200 joules, followed by nurses (70%) and technicians (42.9%). 23.3% of doctors administered 350 joules, followed by nurses (25%) and technicians (35.7%).


Conclusion: This study showed that overall awareness and knowledge about the use of defibrillators among staff working in the cardiology department were poor. Doctors had more awareness about the use of defibrillators compared to nurses and technicians.

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