CC BY 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2023; 13(04): 497-502
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1759523
Original Article

Knowledge and Competency of First Aids and Basic Life Support (BLS) Skills in Speech and Hearing Students

1   Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
1   Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
2   Department of Speech-Language Pathology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
1   Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
Aashish Sharma
1   Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
1   Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
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Funding None.


Purpose This study aimed to analyze speech and hearing students' knowledge, awareness, and attitude regarding first aid and basic life support (BLS).

Methods A descriptive cross-sectional survey study was performed through a web-based questionnaire regarding knowledge of first aid and BLS skills, experience, and views about training on these skills among speech and hearing students.

Results Four-hundred forty-two students from 26 different speech and hearing colleges participated in the study. About 88.23% of participants reported the necessity of knowledge about BLS skills and first aids. Fifty-five percent of participants encountered at least one emergency during their training. There is significant difference between awareness and confidence in performing these skills (Mann–Whitney U test= 76.5; /z/= −2.39; p = 0.019; effect size = 0.27). Most of the students (92.5%) reported not being trained to perform first aid and BLS skills and seek inclusion of these skills in their academic curriculum.

Conclusions Overall confidence in first aid skills is less in the students of speech and hearing when compared with the awareness level. Hence, formal training of first aid and BLS should be introduced into the curriculum to provide students with sound knowledge and practical skills and help them boost their confidence.

Authors' Contributions

P. B., P. L., B. B., D. R. P., and A. S. were involved concept development, study design, data collection, analysis of the data, interpretation, and writing the manuscript; P. P. was involved in concept development and writing the manuscript.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was taken from all the participants in the form of a question in google form itself.

Ethical Approval

The manuscript adheres to the ethical standards according to the Declaration of Helsinki. Ethical approval was obtained from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) Ethical Review board for carrying out the study. Ethical guidelines formulated by the institutional board of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore, were followed for the study.

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13 January 2023

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