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

Eur J Emerg Med. 2009 Dec;16(6):336-8. doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0b013e32832d048b.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
  • First Aid*
  • Humans
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Medical*