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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 148-152

Basic life support knowledge and skills of Iranian general dental practitioners to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Hamadan, Iran
2 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit, School of Medicine, Hamadan, Iran
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hamadan, Iran

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Mohammad Reza Jamalpour
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.153407

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Background: When cardiopulmonary arrest occurs, the dentist's ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the most important factor to minimize morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the basic life support (BLS) knowledge and performance of general dental practitioners in Hamadan, Iran. Materials and Methods: The participants in the study were 80 Iranian general dental practitioners who were chosen randomly. Their CPR knowledge was evaluated by verbal questions and their CPR skills were determined by CPR execution on a special manikin. Nearly 39% (n = 31) of dentists answered none of the questions and only 2.50% (n = 2) answered all of the questions correctly. Thirty six dentists had been participated CPR course after graduation. Result: There was a significant difference between dentists who participated in CPR training course and those that did not participate (P value = 0.000). Only 3.75% (n = 3) were able to perform CPR properly. Conclusion: The results showed that the amount of CPR knowledge and skills were low in participated Iranian general dental practitioners. However, CPR training courses after graduation increased the amount of knowledge significantly, thus, retraining CPR courses is necessary for dentists.

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