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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1493-1500

Awareness of basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation among female secondary school students in government schools in Riyadh city, KSA


1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family Medicine and PHC, National Guard Health Affairs, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammed Alateeq
Department of Family Medicine and PHC, National Guard Health Affairs, King Abdul.Aziz Medical City, P. O. Box 22490, Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_21_18

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Background and Objective: Basic life support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are urgently required and must be performed when cardiac arrest occurs. These lifesaving procedures must be learned by healthcare professionals. In developed countries, members of the public, academics, and students learn how to carry out these emergency procedures. Knowledge of these simple procedures determines successful outcome. This study was conducted to determine the level of awareness of BLS and CPR among female secondary students at governmental schools in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia (SA). Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in five governmental secondary schools in Riyadh city, SA, between June 2015 and June 2016. Total of 1224 female students were selected randomly, and data were collected using a self-reported structured questionnaire. Results: A total of 1170 participants completed the questionnaire. Most of the participants (81.5%) were Saudis. More than 50% of the students (54.8%) did not have information about BLS, and 82.6% felt their knowledge about BLS was insufficient. Only 10.8% of the participants had taken a BLS course, and only 38.5% believe BLS courses should be mandatory. Conclusion: The level of awareness regarding BLS among female secondary school students in governmental schools in Riyadh was found to be insufficient. The introduction of BLS and CPR courses in the curriculum of governmental secondary schools in Riyadh city is highly recommended.


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