Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on the Basic Life Support among Medical Interns of the Philippine General Hospital
Objective. This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice on the Basic Life Support (BLS) among the Philippine General Hospital medical interns, compare the scores between trained and untrained interns, and determine the proportion of respondents with updated BLS training.
Methods. This was a cross-sectional study using a thirty-five item questionnaire on the knowledge, attitude, and practice of medical interns at the Philippine General Hospital on the BLS.
Results. A total of 262 interns were included in the study. Although the mean knowledge scores of untrained and trained medical interns did not differ significantly (7.00 vs. 7.30, p=0.1637), more than 20% committed mistakes on questions on the following: jaw-thrust, rescue breaths, defibrillation, and CPR check. Generally, interns followed the BLS guidelines in their practice and had a positive attitude towards BLS. However, only 37% of trained participants had training within the past two years.
Conclusion. Most medical interns have a fair knowledge on BLS regardless of training status and adhere to them in practice. Since the training duration did not affect their knowledge scores, initial training in medical school and continuous exposure in the wards may have provided adequate BLS reinforcement. Recertification may not be needed during their formative years in medical school.