First aid and basic life support training for first year medical students

ALTINTAŞ K. H., YILDIZ A. N., ASLAN D., Ozvaris S. B., Bilir N.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.16, no.6, pp.336-338, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/mej.0b013e32832d048b
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.336-338
  • Keywords: basic life support, education, first aid, practice-based learning, scenario-based learning, teaching, training, CARDIOPULMONARY-RESUSCITATION, UNIVERSITY
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


We developed 24 and 12-h programs for first aid and basic life support (FA-BLS) training for first-year medical students and evaluated the opinions of both the trainers and trainees on the effectiveness of the programs. The trainees were the first-year students of academic years 2000-2001 (316 students) and 2001-2002 (366 students). The evaluations of the participants were collected from short questionnaires created specifically for the study. For the 24-h training program, most of the students stated that FA-BLS sessions met their expectations (85.9%) and they were satisfied with the training (91.1%). Of the participants, 75.6% stated that they could apply FA confidently in real situations simulating the topics they learned in the FA-BLS sessions. For the 12-h training program, 84.4% of the students felt themselves competent in FA-BLS applications. The trainers considered both of the programs as effective. European Journal of Emergency Medicine 16:336-338 (C) 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.