Objective. To assess and improve knowledge of correct resuscitation procedu
res if an unexpected event occurs during an intra-uterine device (IUD)fitti
Design. Previous literature on resuscitation in the family planning clinic
was reviewed to provide a basis for a questionnaire for doctors and nurses
within the service to assess knowledge of correct procedures.
Outcome of first questionnaire. Seventeen questionnaires were returned in t
he first round, of which 12 were from nurses. The results to the first ques
tion gave a 70% correct response rate. The response to the second gave a co
rrect response of 41%. Only six out of 17 would give atropine in a vaso-vag
Intervention. The results were discussed at an audit meeting and most staff
said that they wanted further training. This was linked with the Leeds Com
munity and Mental Health Trust training for resuscitation. By, linking to t
his training programme it saved time and resources for the family planning
Outcome of second questionnaire. Twenty-one staff returned questionnaires,
of which 12 were nurses. The results to the first question gave an 87% corr
ect response rate. The response to the second showed a correct response of
71%. Fourteen out of the 21 replying would give atropine.
Conclusion. A service cannot assume that staff know what to do in an emerge
ncy if it is rarely encountered. This audit showed that it is possible to r
aise knowledge standards through a training programme.