Author: Watmough, S., Ali, H. and Kennedy, T. Publication Year: 2013
Summary: Advanced life support training (ALS) in the UK is compulsory for second year postgraduate doctors, however, many of the skills taught in ALS are useful for first year medical graduates.
Description: Cardiac arrests are a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention (Ali & Zafari, 2007). Patients of all age groups who suffer from in-hospital cardiac arrests have poor survival rates and only a small proportion actually achieve complete physiological recovery (Lyon et al, 2004). Therefore, it can be appreciated that advanced life support skills are a vital component in successfully managing cardiac arrest and therefore fundamental for doctors. Advanced life support training (ALS) in the UK is compulsory for second year postgraduate doctors, however, many of the skills taught in ALS are useful for first year medical graduates. This paper examines whether ALS training at an undergraduate level is needed and whether graduates irrespective of having ALS training feel well prepared for the skills associated with ALS.
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