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An Evaluation of Maltese Radiographers’ Awareness on Adult Basic Life Support Guidelines

Journal: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine (IJPSM) (Vol.1, No. 1)

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Page : 54-59

Keywords : Resuscitation; Awareness; Health Care Professionals; Basic Life Support; Sudden Cardiac Arrest;

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This study provides insight into the level of awareness concerning adult Basic Life Support amongst a sample of Maltese radiographers. The first aim of this study was to determine whether these radiographers were updating themselves on changes occurring within the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation. The second aim was to evaluate the radiographers' level of awareness in adult BLS in relation to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. A cross-sectional, non-experimental research design was adopted, involving a stratified sample of 25 qualified radiographers. Data were collected via a self-designed, semi-structured questionnaire. Quantitative data obtained from closed-ended questions were organised manually and analysed by means of descriptive statistics. A mean percentage score representing radiographers' level of awareness in adult basic life support was calculated, based on responses to 14 questions. The study indicated that 75% of the respondents did not keep themselves updated on changes within the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines throughout the years of their radiography career. Moreover, the mean percentage score obtained on questions testing the radiographers' awareness of adult basic life support was found to be 43%. Findings suggest that continuing professional education and hands-on training are highly recommended for radiographers to enhance their current level of awareness of adult basic life support.

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