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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 241-244

Assessment of level of knowledge, awareness, and attitude toward “Basic Life Support” and “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” among dental students, interns, and dental practitioners


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, D. Y. Patil Dental School, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, D. Y. Patil Dental School, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, D. Y. Patil Dental School, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Anagha V Shete
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, D. Y. Patil Dental School, Lohegaon, Pune, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJDS.IJDS_192_20

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Background: Being healthcare professionals, the dentists should be aware of the basic and practical aspects of basic life support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This study helps assess the knowledge and awareness of dental professionals toward it. Aim: The aim of the study is to assess the level of knowledge, awareness, and attitude toward “BLS” among dental students, interns, and dental practitioners. Materials and Methods: This survey-based study enrolled 70 students from 3rd-year BDS, 70 students from final-year BDS, 80 interns, and 45 dental academicians/practitioners of the dental college. A semi-structured, validated, peer-reviewed questionnaire was used with three sections – demographic data, qualification, and experience; knowledge of participants regarding BLS (26 multiple-choice questions); and awareness and attitude toward BLS (7 close-ended questions). Results: Surprisingly, none of the 265 participants had complete knowledge of BLS and CPR. They lacked in basic knowledge of this important lifesaving protocol. The students and interns also were unaware of basic and applied knowledge of BLS, which shows the necessity of its inclusion in BDS curriculum. Conclusion: The understanding of lack of knowledge and awareness about BLS and CPR is alarming. Its inclusion in curriculum, training, and periodic re-training of dental undergraduates, interns, postgraduates, academicians, and practitioners is necessary.


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