Knowledge of Advanced Cardiac Life Support among the Doctors in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Nepal

Karki AJ*, Regmi S*, Khakurel S**, Baral BK***

Abstract


Introduction: Medical personnel is expected to have a thorough knowledge of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and to have to be up to date periodically to perform this maneuver in cardiac
arrest victims. The objective of this study was to access the knowledge of advanced cardiac life support of the doctors.


Method: This was a prospective cross-sectional observational study conducted at Bir Hospital and National Trauma Centre in specialist medical faculties to evaluate the knowledge of ACLS using pretested structured questionnaire.


Result: Sixty six faculty doctors from different departments were enrolled in the study. Among them, 44 were ACLS trained and 22 were untrained. We found 22.6% of doctors had good knowledge, 36.4% had average knowledge and 40.8% had poor knowledge of ACLS. Knowledge of ACLS between ACLS trained and untrained doctors was not significant (p = 0.78). Among the ACLS trained doctors, there was fading of knowledge with increase in time period of ACLS training (p=0.034).


Conclusion: The knowledge of ACLS among the doctors working in Bir Hospital and National Trauma Center was inadequate. Among the ACLS trained faculties, there was fading of knowledge
with increase in time period of training.


Keywords: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, Knowledge.

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