Awareness of Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) among female secondary school students in government schools in Riyadh city, KSA

Nouf  Al Harbi , Ayman Afifi

Prince Sultan Medical Military City Program . Riyadh

Objective: 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.

Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted in five governmental secondary schools in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia between June 2015 and June 2016. A total of 1224 female students were selected randomly, and data was 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 fifty percent 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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