Purpose: The aim of this research was to determine the knowledge of first aid and the learning needs surrounding first aid
education of teachers working in public primary schools.
Design/Methodology/Approach: This descriptive study was undertaken through a sample of 214 teachers working in 15 public
primary schools in Amasya City, Turkey. Data collection was achieved via a questionnaire consisting of items regarding teachers’
characteristics and basic first aid knowledge. One point was given for each correct answer. The data were collected through
face-to-face interviews. Statistical analyses were performed using descriptive statistics.
Findings: In total, 47.2% of the primary school teachers who participated stated that they had previous training on first aid,
and 11.7% of teachers felt that their knowledge was sufficient about first aid knowledge and equipment. Overwhelmingly,
70.5% of teachers had been confronted with situations needing first aid at school. In this study, it was found that teachers had
medium-level first aid knowledge scores. Most teachers answered questions incorrectly regarding foreign body punctures in
the abdominal region and nosebleeds (%89.3, %83.2 respectively).
Highlights: It was revealed that the teachers have insufficient knowledge about first aid, and it was determined that teachers
have learning needs relating to first aid. Accordingly, it is recommended that training is provided for teachers on first aid
through in-service training programs. Moreover, the problem needs to be addressed, and the addition of first aid education in
the teachers’ training curriculum might be suggested.