Training, knowledge, experience and perceptions regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation of doctors at Universitas Academic Hospital
Du Plessis, Nadia Sarah
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Introduction: High-quality CPR is proven to improve immediate survival and survival to hospital discharge in patients having a cardiac arrest in hospital. Evidence shows that without frequent retraining in CPR, health-care providers lose their skill and knowledge earlier than the current recommendation i.e. to attend CPR retraining every two years. The purpose of this study was to determine the current competencies of doctors at Universitas Academic Hospital regarding CPR training, knowledge, experience and perceptions. Methods: A questionnaire designed by the researcher and reviewed by CPR providers was distributed to interns, medical officers, registrars and consultants obtaining information regarding CPR training, CPR exposure and perceptions regarding CPR retraining and CPR knowledge. The knowledge aspect of the questionnaire consisted of questions on basic, advanced cardiac, paediatric, neonatal and obstetric life support. Results: Of the 245 participants only 22,5 % achieved competency (a mark ≥ 80%) for the knowledge aspect of the questionnaire. The majority of participants had not had retraining after two years although 96,7 % of participants felt that keeping up to date with CPR guidelines improved patient outcomes. The most common reasons given for not feeling confident in performing CPR was training related. Conclusion: Doctors at Universitas Academic Hospital are currently not adequately trained in CPR and it reflects in their lack of CPR knowledge. Lack of training seems to be the most common reason for not feeling confident and being too busy to attend these retraining courses was reported as the most common reason. From this study it also seems that very little of the departments have CPR training for their doctors. Implementing a regular CPR training program within the hospital is suggested to improve CPR knowledge of doctors.