Cardiac Arrest: A Need to Understand the Determinants of Basic Life Support- A Nursing Perspective

Hina Nizar Karim*
*Senior Clinical Nurse Instructor, Tabba Heart Institute, Karachi, Pakistan.
Periodicity:February - April'2016


Cardiac arrest is the most serious scenario, both in-hospital and out of hospital. Studies have shown that arrest victim requires an immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for better health outcome. Since in-hospital nurses are the front line staff who first witness the cardiac arrest patient, it is very important for nurses to perform effective and immediate CPR. Literature has reported that nurses and medical staff possess poor retention of BLS skills and theory after a few months of training sessions. Since BLS is mandatory for nursing staff as they witness the arrest first; different teaching methods should be adopted for better retention. However, it's been found that, content and training of BLS lack standardization among different organizations.


CardioPulmonary Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, Retention, Knowledge and Skills.

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Karim, H.N. (2016). Cardiac Arrest: A Need to Understand the Determinants of Basic Life Support- A Nursing Perspective. i-manager’s Journal on Nursing, 6(1), 42-47.


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