Assessment of Knowledge Regarding First Aid among the Undergraduate Students: A Cross-Sectional Study

Authors

  • Melvin Jacob
  • Hezil Reema Barboza

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.16969

Keywords:

First aid, Knowledge, Students, Shock, Undergraduate.

Abstract

Background: First aid knowledge is very valuable for every individual in the community. It enables the
individual to assist the injured person in an emergency situation until medical help arrives at the site.1
Students are highly exposed to different kinds of physical injuries. Lack of knowledge regarding managing
these medical injuries was noted among the students.2 Careful management recommended for reducing the
complication. This study was conducted to determine the knowledge of first aid and its associated factors
among undergraduate students.3-5
Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 undergraduate
students. Subjects were selected using purposive sampling techniques. The information was collected using
a demographic proforma and a self-administered questionnaire. The overall knowledge on first aid was
graded as adequate, good and inadequate.
Results: The overall knowledge score was 13.81 ± 4.41. The mean percentage of the overall level of
knowledge was 57.54% which indicate the majority had good knowledge on aspects of first aid. In this
study there was no significant association between knowledge score and selected demographic variables.
Conclusion: The study showed the majority had good knowledge of first aid. But also identified some key
areas in which first aid knowledge was deficient in the management of shock, burns and fracture. Thus there
is a need for first aid training to be introduced in the undergraduate curriculum of different disciplines. The
study recommends the use of modern techniques such as simulation with computerized mannequins as a
teaching-learning method in all the educational institutions.

Author Biographies

Melvin Jacob

MSc Nursing, Dept of Medical Surgical Nursing, Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya (Deemed to be
University), Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Hezil Reema Barboza

Lecturer, Dept of Medical Surgical Nursing, Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya (Deemed to be
University), Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Published

2021-08-16

How to Cite

Melvin Jacob, & Hezil Reema Barboza. (2021). Assessment of Knowledge Regarding First Aid among the Undergraduate Students: A Cross-Sectional Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(4), 1830-1835. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.16969