Abstract 224: Which is the Best ACLS Course Length: 2 Days or 4 Days?
Objective: To determine what is the best course length: two days or four days, maintaining the same course duration of 18 hours.
Methods: We assessed 189 participants randomly allocated (group A) for a 4 day ACLS course which was compared with 346 participants of a conventional 2 day ACLS course (group B). Both groups were trained within a period of 18 hours, as recommended in the ACLS Instructor Manual of the American Heart Association. Group A had the course distributed in 4 periods of 4.5 hours each during 4 consecutive days and group B was trained intensively in 2 days. Both groups were evaluated according to ACLS standards by the same instructor's team. Theoretical and practical evaluations were compared as continuous and dichotomous variables, respectively, in both groups. The continuous variable theoretical score was transformed into dichotomous (approved or not approved), based on the cut line of 84% of correct answers in the theoretical test. The continuous variable was analyzed by the T-student test, ANOVA and when necessary, the non-parametric Kruskall-Wallis test. For statistic significance criteria P < 0.05 was used.
Results: Practical evaluation approval in group A was 81.5% and for group B, it was 78% (p>0.05). Theoretical approval was 90.5% and 87.9%, and theoretical score was 94.7±3.8 and 94.7±0.7, respectively, for groups A and B (p>0.05).
Conclusions: Teaching the ACLS course over a period of 4 days or 2 days did not make a difference in the practical or theoretical examination in the evaluated group.
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