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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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LOPEZ-GONZALEZ, Aldo et al. Knowledge of adult basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation of medical residents at a third level in Paraguay. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.1, pp.63-72. ISSN 1812-9528.  https://doi.org/10.18004/mem.iics/1812-9528/2017.015(01)63-072.

The objective of this study was to determine the level of knowledge of adult basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation of medical residents at the National Hospital of Itauguá. Observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study with a non-probabilistic sampling of consecutive cases. The study participants were medical residents of the National Hospital of Itauguá, from different specialties, who completed a questionnaire of 20 questions selected from the Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support in Adults (ACLS) of the American Heart Association guides, 2010 update. The study included 135 physicians, of which 76 (56.3%) were men and 59 (43.7%) were women. The mean age of participants was 27.57 ± 4 years and 92 (68.1%) were physicians between 26 and 31 years of age. Regarding the participants’ knowledge about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, 113 (83.7%) presented an unsatisfactory level, by answering less than 17 questions of the questionnaire correctly. The evident deficiency shown by the medical residents in their knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation makes it necessary to insist on incorporating a better and greater theoretical and practical approach of the contents on cardiopulmonary resuscitation within the curricula of all the Medical Schools of the country, and they should implement continuous training strategies in this area.

Palabras clave : knowledge; medical residents; cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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