Knowledge about medical emergencies among medical students from the National University of Ucayali

Jennifer Vilchez Cornejo, Jorge Rengifo Sánchez, Dayara Alejandra Barrios Borjas, Carlos Andres Carrasco Farfan, Carlos Jesus Toro Huamanchumo

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Introduction: Timely management of medical emergencies is crucial, since the immediate consequences of those events may pose a threat to life. Objective: Evaluate the knowledge about medical emergencies among medical students from the National University of Ucayali, Peru. Methods: An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted. The study sample was 243 first-to-sixth-year students from the School of Human Medicine of the National University of Ucayali. A previously validated tool was used which included ten variables ranking the level of immediate response to a medical emergency. Results: 54.2% (n = 129) of the sample were female and 61.8% (n = 84) studied basic sciences. 35.5% (n = 84) of the respondents passed the test. The factors associated to passing the test were the following: Being in second year (RPa: 4.88; CI 95%: 1.80-13.27), third year (RPa: 3.14; CI 95%: 1.08-9.17), fourth year (RPa: 5.16; CI 95%: 1.85-14.37), fifth year (RPa: 4.86; CI 95%: 1.77-13.37) or sixth year (RPa: 4.49; CI 95%: 1.61-12.54) of medical school, having failed a course (RPa: 1.39; CI 95%: 1.02-1.94) or having attended a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course (RPa: 1.42; CI 95%: 1.02-1.98). Conclusions: Less than half of the respondents had appropriate knowledge about immediate management of medical emergencies. The variables associated to a better level of knowledge were being attending a school year other than the first and having attended a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course.

Translated title of the contributionKnowledge about medical emergencies among medical students from the National University of Ucayali
Original languageSpanish
Article numbere1523
JournalRevista Cubana de Educacion Medica Superior
Volume33
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019

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