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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 20(1); 2009 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2009;20(1): 20-25.
Analysis of the Layperson Ability to perform Basic Life Support in Public Facilities
Jung Won Lee, Hye Sun Kim, Ho Jung Kim
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Bucheon Hospital of Soon Chun Hyang University Korea, Korea. lovelydr@schbc.ac.kr
2Department of Social Welfare, Kangwon National University, Korea.
We wanted to evaluate the public's ability to perform basic life support (BLS) in public facilities.
We collected the information and results of BLS from the public in parks and civil defense education centers. The enrolled subjects performed the CPR sequence and the foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) sequence on manikins.
Three hundred sixty people were enrolled and 186 (52%) of them knew about BLS by the media. Also, 257 (71%) of them answered that the media was important when they were asked about the priority of the education methods for BLS. On the results of the tests, 111 (30%) were not confident performing BLS and as a result, only 9 persons correctly performed the sequence of BLS and 2 persons correctly performed the sequency of FBAO. 189(57%) of them were contacted any cases of resuscitation education just by media and 250(74%) were evaluated in having affinity to media educations. Self-satisfaction was revealed almost at 50~80 points.
Almost all public persons did not correctly perform the sequence of BLS. We expected that the media will have a large role to teach and effectively spread the techniques of BLS to the public.
Key words: Basic Cardiac Life Support, Mass Media, Public Facilities
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