Awareness of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) among Firemen in 2016/2017 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Reema S. AlHammad , Mada M. Albatly , Rasha A. Bassas , Alhanouf A. Almuhanna , Najd A. Alomran

Abstract

Background: Any subject that knows about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) will be able to save many lives. So imagine how vital would be the role of CPR in a profession specially that of firemen. Logically, all firemen should have the knowledge and awareness regarding CPR, but is that really the case? Objective: Assessing the knowledge level, causes of poor knowledge of CPR and the attitude towards CPR training courses among firemen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study on 72 firemen from Riyadh city. A questionnaire was used for the data collection. Results: From the 72 respondents, 68.1% had knowledge of what CPR was, 30.6% were able to formally attend a CPR training course, 52.8% were interested to attend a CPR training course and only 25.0% were offered a CPR training course. Conclusion: A substantial number of firemen have sufficient CPR knowledge, and the majority of them value the importance of CPR in their line of work. There were minimal CPR training courses offered towards firemen.


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