Research Article
Volume 4 Issue 7 - 2020
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - Knowledge and Attitude in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Karachi
Saba Laila Aslam1, Imran Iftikhar2, Syed Ahmad Hussain3, Muhammad Fareeduddin1 and Syed Uzair Mahmood3*
1Department of Pediatrics, The Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
2Department of Cardiology, The Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
3Indus Hospital Research Center, The Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Syed Uzair Mahmood, Indus Hospital Research Center, The Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
Received: May 15, 2020; Published: June 25, 2020


Introduction: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compression, which is delivered to the victims who are thought to be in cardiac arrest. In developing countries like Pakistan, standardized resuscitation training is not yet a routine and there is no legislation of this sort. Our study aimed at explore the level of knowledge and attitude of health care professionals in a tertiary care hospital in CPR. The study also explored the value of life and the importance of communication and teamwork, as well as boost self-esteem and also the need for legislation for every healthcare professional to be certified before encountering any of the patients.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted for three months at The Indus Hospital (TIH), Karachi, Pakistan. The final sample size was calculated to be 288. Only the staff members working in the clinical areas of the hospital were included in the study. The questionnaire was adapted from two studies conducted by Chandrasekaran., et al. and Annadurai K., et al

Result: A total of 442 healthcare staff participated in this study. Out of which, overall median CPR knowledge score was found to be 7 with a minimum score of zero and a maximum 12. Majority of the participants had incorrect knowledge regarding the depth of compression in children and chest compression to ventilation ratio in newborn (18.1% and 11.1% respectively).

Conclusion: Our study revealed that most of the health care providers did not receive any training on CPR in the past. Moreover, attitudes varied among gender. Moreover, attitudes varied among gender. Females were more confident in providing chest compression compared to males. Additionally, a significant proportion of male health care providers had a negative attitude towards providing chest compression to strangers.

Keywords: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); Myocardial Ischemia (MI); Arrhythmias; Heart Blocks


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