Does the introduction of Basic Life Support (BLS) training in years 1- 4 of an undergraduate MBBS curriculum improve the knowledge, competence, and confidence of the year 4 student

Wallace, Darlene, Lytton, Karryn, Harvey, Nikki, Johnstone, Deanne, Woolley, Torres, and Rasalam, Roy (2020) Does the introduction of Basic Life Support (BLS) training in years 1- 4 of an undergraduate MBBS curriculum improve the knowledge, competence, and confidence of the year 4 student. In: ANZAHPE 2020 Vision for Learning Cultures Conference. 161. p. 127. From: ANZAHPE 2020 Vision for Learning Cultures Conference, 12-15 July 2020, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

Introduction: Year one medical students were assessed on their BLS skills post external Registered Training Organisation (RTO) instruction and did not meet the Australian Resuscitation Council criteria. BLS instruction was introduced into each of the first 4 years of the 6 year curriculum to address this.

Aim: Evaluate the effectiveness of introducing BLS into years 1- 4 on the knowledge, competence and confidence of the year 4 student

Methods: Pre:post longitudinal study comparing Control group (CG) with the Intervention Group (IG) using OSCE format as the evaluation of competence. Knowledge and confidence were measured by questionnaire.

Analysis used 2-sided chi-square tests with SPPS software.

Results: The IG had statistically significant improvement in responsiveness, airway, breathing and defibrillation of DRsABCD (p value <0.001) The self-reported knowledge and confidence of BLS were not significantly different between groups and did not correlate with evaluation results.

Discussion: These results are supported by the literature that repetition and experiential learning is important for retention of knowledge and psychomotor skills. Self-reporting of competency did not equate to assessment findings.

Conclusions: The introduction of Basic Life Support (BLS) into years 1,2,3,4 of the MBBS undergraduate curriculum along with practice sessions and assessment significantly improved the competence of BLS skills in the year 4 student.

Item ID: 67472
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
ISBN: 978-0-6488285-0-1
Keywords: basic life support; medical education
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Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2021 02:16
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320207 Emergency medicine @ 60%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 40%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200105 Treatment of human diseases and conditions @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200311 Urgent and critical care, and emergency medicine @ 60%
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