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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-90

Effectiveness of community based mass casualty preparedness program among rural youth and their knowledge, attitude and selected skills towards mass casualty management

1 RN, Manchester, University Hospitals NHS, Manchester, UK
2 Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India
3 Professor, CMC, Vellore, India
4 Lecturer, Dept. of Bio - Statistics, CMC, Vellore, India

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Mass casualty incidents associated with road traffic accidents have become more frequent during the last decades. Many lives can be saved if the rural youths are trained as first responders in mass casually management. This study was aimed to assess the effectiveness of community based mass casually preparedness program among rural youth on their knowledge, attitude and selected skills towards mass casualty management, using a quasi experimental design. Two villages were conveniently selectedand were allotted to control and experimental group using lot method. From each village 40 youth were randomly selected for the study. Experimental group received community based mass casually preparedness program which included video based teaching and skill demonstration. Knowledge questionnaire, attitude scale and observation checklist on mass casually management was used to collect the data. There was a significant improvement in knowledge (p< .01) and skill (p< .01) among rural youth in experimental group. The findings suggest that equipping rural youth with necessary knowledge and skill for mass casualty management will not only save lives but will also be a ready manpower at the community level.

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