Doctors working in psychiatry have been shown to lack practical skills in basic cardiac life support (BCLS), but these have not been regarded as priorities for training. This study assessed levels of experience, confidence and skill in BCLS, in psychiatrists, and examined the effect of a single training session on practical skills. Levels of skill were generally poor but significant improvement was seen following training. It is recommended that all psychiatrists undergo brief regular practical training in BCLS.
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