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Abstract

Summary Objective: To determine the usefulness of a training programme in paediatric basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 5th and 6th year medical students.

Methods: For the past eight years, the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University in Madrid has been offering formal training in paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to its students. We have analysed the results of 8 basic paediatric cardiopulmonary courses with 527 students, comparing scores in written tests consisting of 10 or 20 multiple-choice questions, administered before and at the end of the courses, while also undertaking a practical test on basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills in infants and children. The course was evaluated by the students by means of an anonymous written questionnaire.

Results: The mean initial score (out of a maximum of 10) was 6.03 ± 1.58 (maximum 10, range 2-10), whereas in the final test it was 9.59 ± 0.68 (range 5-10) (p < 0.001). The majority of these students acquired theoretical knowledge (97.2%) and adequate practical skills (93%) in paediatric basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They were generally satisfied with the lectures, practical training and ability of the teaching staff.

Conclusions: The paediatric basic life support course is a useful method for theoretical and practical training. Paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be included in the medical training curriculum.

Author Biography

Dr. Patricia Aparicio - MD, is a paediatric physician at the Intensive Care Unit of the Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Jesus Lopez-Herce - MDPhD, is a paediatric physician at the Intensive Care Unit of Gregorio Maranon in Madrid, Spain.

Contact Address:

Seccion de Cuidados Intensivos Pediatricos Hospital GU Gregorio Maranon Dr Castelo 49 28007 Madrid, Espana.

Telephone: +34-91-290327 FAX: +34-91-5868018

Dr. Angel Carrillo - MD, is a paediatric physician at the Intensive Care Unit of Gregorio Maranon in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Luis Sancho - MD, is a paediatric physician at the Intensive Care Unit of Gregorio Maranon in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Ramon Moral - MD, is a paediatric physician at Gregorio Maranon Hospital, Madrid, Spain.

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