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Electrocardiogram Interpretation Competency Among Paramedic Students.

Authors
  • Mobrad, Abdulmajeed1
  • 1 Prince Sultan College for EMS, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of multidisciplinary healthcare
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
13
Pages
823–828
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S273132
PMID: 32884280
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Electrocardiography is an essential emergency tool used in the pre-hospital setting. However, no studies have yet assessed electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation among emergency medical services (EMS) students in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to determine the ECG interpretation competency of paramedic students. Cross-sectional, single-center study, a pre-validated, self-administered, two-part questionnaire first created by Coll-Badell et al was used to assess the ECG interpretation competency of paramedic students at Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services (PSCEMS) in King Saud University. Participant data were collected and analyzed to identify factors associated with improved competency. All students of PSCEMS were included, and 137 of 248 paramedic students completed the questionnaire (55% response rate); 88 students (64.2%) scored >7.5 points, indicating competency in (ECG) interpretation. Factors such as grade point average (GPA) (>3.5) and enrollment in cardiology and advanced cardiac life support courses were found to be significantly associated with competency (p<0.001). The majority of paramedic students were found to be competent in ECG interpretation. GPA and enrollment in cardiology and advanced cardiac life support courses were significantly associated with improved competency. © 2020 Mobrad.

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