General population's eagerness and knowledge regarding basic life support: A community based study in Jakarta, Indonesia

Raymond Pranata, Wendy Wiharja, Abraham Fatah, Muhammad Yamin, Antonia Anna Lukito

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Abstract

Background: Basic life support (BLS) performed by general population improves outcomes in cardiorespiratory collapse. This community-based study aims to measure the general population's eagerness in learning BLS, knowledge regarding early recognition, and use an automated external defibrillator. Methods: This was a cross-sectional community-based study in Jakarta using questionnaire. Numerous questions asked through a questionnaire in order to evaluate the general population's eagerness and knowledge about basic life support. Results: There were 303 respondents in this study. Most respondents stated that knowledge about BLS is important and was eager to learn; however, only 39.6% of respondents have ever done BLS training. 59.4% of respondents have ever looked for information or read about BLS. 63.6% of respondents chose to call an ambulance for the first reaction, while 36,5% of respondents preferred to look for a pulse. Most of the respondents know to check the carotid pulse in the neck. 77.4% of respondents know that chest compression was done on mid-chest. 81.5% of respondents agreed that CPR was preferably done repeatedly in a specific rhythm, but giving one despite the method is better than none. Only 49.5% of respondents wanted to give mouth-to-mouth ventilation. Most respondents thought that they are not allowed to use AED, and only a small proportion had seen AED in public. Conclusion: Most of the respondents agreed that BLS is important. Respondents have satisfying knowledge about how to react while encountering an unconscious person. Most respondents have not seen AED and most likely didn't know how to use it.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Epidemiology and Global Health
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Automated external defibrillator
  • Basic life support
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • General population

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