CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: MEDICAL STUDENTS' KNOWLEDGE TOWARDS ITS SAFETY
Dr Nwagu Marcellinus Uchechukwu and M I. NTAJI, **AC. OKOLO, *** JO. BAMIDELE, (Published 2018)
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Background: Carbon monoxide is a tastelessvodourless, colourless, non-irritating, and
poisonous gas produced by incomplete combustion of organic materials. It is particularly
dangerous as it cannot be detected by man's natural sense organs. There is hardly a
month without one or two newspaper reports of death attributed to carbon monoxide
Objective: To determine the students' knowledge about carbon monoxide poisoning, and
their ability to identify victims suspected of suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Methodology: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out among 216 medical
students. A total survey was done using a self-administered, semi-structured
Result: The mean age of the students was 24.4 ± 3.4years. One hundred and forty-six
(67.6%) were males while 70(32.4%) were females. Eighty-seven (41.2%) of the
respondents had good knowledge of the physical characteristics of carbon monoxide,
while 127(58.8%) had poor knowledge of carbon monoxide. Their knowledge about
carbon monoxide was significantly influenced by their level of training (p=0.0008).
Seventy-four (57.4%) of the respondents at the clinical stage, and 20.7% of the
respondents in the preclinical stage had good knowledge of the features of carbon
monoxide poisoning in a victim. This difference was statistically significant (p=O.OOOO).
The most commonly identified feature of CO poisoning was dizziness 151(72.2%) while
the least identified feature was headache (88 or 42.1 %).
Conclusion: There is need to properly educate the medical students about carbon
monoxide poisoning during their course of training both in the preclinical and clinical
stages. The teaching should be practically applied to stimulate retentive memory. This is
because the proportion of respondents that had good knowledge of carbon monoxide
poisoning was not appreciable.
|Item Type:||Journal article(non-copyrighted)|
|Format:||PDF document, 6.75 MB|
|Department:||Medicine and Surgery|
|Field of Study:||Medicine|
|Uploaded By:||Uwaifo Ferdinand|
|Date Added:||15 Mar 2019 11:03am|
|Last Modified:||15 Mar 2019|
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