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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 167

Assessment of the levels of awareness toward cardiopulmonary resuscitation: A community-based study in Northern Saudi Arabia

Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Hail, Hai'l, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Hussain Gadelkarim Ahmed
College of Medicine, University of Hail, Hai'l
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_169_18

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BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure performed in an emergency when the heart stops. Early initiation of CPR can save many lives. Thus, the aim of the present study was to assess the level of awareness toward CPR in a community-based study in Northern Saudi Arabia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional survey conducted in the city of Hail, Northern Saudi Arabia. Data about CPR were obtained from 442 Saudi volunteers living in the city of Hail. RESULTS: A family history of ischemic heart disease was indicated in 148/442 (33.5%) of the participants. On asking the participants whether they have previous information about CPR, about 258/442 (58.4%) persons indicated “Yes,” 118/442 (26.6%) replied “May be,” and the remaining 66/442 (15%) replied “No.” CONCLUSION: The study showed a high level of awareness about CPR, which might be attributed to the majority of highly educated participants. Effective and sustainable public CPR training programs are needed to be implemented to preserve better knowledge and awareness of CPR in the general population.

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