Advanced life support provider course in Italy: A 5-year nationwide study to identify the determinants of course success

Federico Semeraro, Andrea Scapigliati, Gaetano Tammaro, Umberto Olcese, Erga L. Cerchiari, Giuseppe Ristagno

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Abstract

Introduction: The advanced life support (ALS) provider course is the gold standard for teaching and assessing competence in advanced resuscitation. Outcomes over a 5-year period of European Resuscitation (ERC)/IRC ALS provider courses in Italy were investigated, and the factors associated with course success are described. Methods: In 2008, the Italian Resuscitation Council (IRC) created a database in which every ERC/IRC ALS course was recorded. Data from courses organized from 2008 to 2012 were analysed. The data included: candidate's age and degree (medical doctor (MD) or nurse), medical specialty of MD candidates, course outcomes, duration and reference guidelines, number of instructors and course director. Relationships between the course outcomes and the courses and candidates' characteristics were analysed using logistic regression. Results: A total of 13,624 candidates were evaluated from 871 courses. Among the candidates, 55% were MDs and 45% were nurses. Ninety-seven percent of candidates passed the final evaluation, while 3% failed. Candidates who passed were younger (37 [31-44] vs. 43 [37-50] years, p2 71, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-251
Number of pages6
JournalResuscitation
Volume96
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015

Keywords

  • Advanced life support
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Course
  • Database
  • Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine

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