Indagine conoscitiva sul BLS tra i medici degli ospedali abruzzesi

Translated title of the contribution: Investigation on BLS among public hospital physicians in abruzzo

G. Facchetti, C. De Simone, E. Monciatti, A. Di Pietro, R. Puliti, L. B. Colantonio, T. Gargarella, F. Marinangeli, G. Varrassi

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Background. The aim of this study is to determine the proportion of public hospital physicians in Abruzzo capable of performing basic life support manoeuvres, according to the latest guidelines. Methods. A questionnaire was formulated, in order to investigate whether the persons interviewed 1) had ever performed a cardio-pulmanary resuscitation; 2) had ever taken any BLS courses involving dedicated dummies; 3) believed to be competent in performing cardiopulmanary resuscitation correctly and if affirmative, the physician was asked to answer three further questions to verily the level of competence. The questionnaire was to be filled in at the proper working place without the aid of books or other material. Results. Of the 1540 public hospital physicians contacted, 57.6% had participated in cardiopulmonary resuscitation manoeuvres, while only 30% had practised on dedicated dummies. Nevertheless, 69.5% believed to be able to perform the BLS techniques correctly. Of the latter, merely 18% answered all three additional questions correctly. Conclusions. Cardio-pulmonary arrest is the emergency during which the timeliness of the first resuscitation manoeuvres and their correct performance are the decisive factors for a successful outcome. Without attending regular courses, qualified to teach the proper techniques in depth and recall the acquired procedures, the efficacy of BLS techniques risk to fall below a level of acceptance. Therefore, in the emergency field, it is essential to guarantee a continued training.

Translated title of the contributionInvestigation on BLS among public hospital physicians in abruzzo
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)555-560
Number of pages6
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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