Evaluation of Medical Students in the training of Paediatric Life Support – A Spanish Perspective

Patricia Aparicio, Jesús López-Herce, Angel Carrillo, Luis Sancho, Ramón Moral



To determine the usefulness of a training programme in paediatric basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 5th and 6th year medical students.


For the past eight years, the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University in Madrid has been offering formal training in paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to its students. We have analysed the results of 8 basic paediatric cardiopulmonary courses with 527 students, comparing scores in written tests consisting of 10 or 20 multiple-choice questions, administered before and at the end of the courses, while also undertaking a practical test on basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills in infants and children. The course was evaluated by the students by means of an anonymous written questionnaire.


The mean initial score (out of a maximum of 10) was 6.03 ± 1.58 (maximum 10, range 2-10), whereas in the final test it was 9.59 ± 0.68 (range 5–10) (p < 0.001). The majority of these students acquired theoretical knowledge (97.2%) and adequate practical skills (93%) in paediatric basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They were generally satisfied with the lectures, practical training and ability of the teaching staff.


The paediatric basic life support course is a useful method for theoretical and practical training. Paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be included in the medical training curriculum.


Education; medical students; curriculum; paediatric training; basic life support

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.33151/ajp.1.3.210


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