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A Survey of Jellyfish Sting Knowledge among Naval Personnel in Northeast China

Department of Emergency Nursing, School of Nursing, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 725;
Received: 24 May 2016 / Revised: 27 June 2016 / Accepted: 12 July 2016 / Published: 19 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Safety and Related Impacts on Health and the Environment)
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Background: Jellyfish envenomation is common along the coastal area, and can cause severe consequences. Naval personnel are among the high-risk population for this injury. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge regarding jellyfish envenomation among naval personnel in a navy unit in northeast China. Methods: A predesigned questionnaire was distributed to 120 naval members in January 2015. The data of 108 respondents were included in the statistical analysis. Results: We found that 38.0% of the respondents selected jellyfish sting as the common wound in their units, and 13.0% had experienced or observed this injury. In addition, 63.0% of the participants rated their own knowledge as “low” or “none”. The average score they got was 5.77 ± 2.50, with only 16.7% getting a score above 60% of the full score. The correct rates of five questions were below 60%. No statistical differences existed in the knowledge score among different groups of respondents defined by socio-demographic variables. Conclusions: Jellyfish sting is common in this navy unit, but personnel got a low score on the knowledge assessment. They also lacked confidence in first aid. Medical education and training should be implemented to address this issue. View Full-Text
Keywords: naval personnel; jellyfish sting; knowledge; medical education; occupational and environmental health naval personnel; jellyfish sting; knowledge; medical education; occupational and environmental health
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Kan, T.; Gui, L.; Shi, W.; Huang, Y.; Li, S.; Qiu, C. A Survey of Jellyfish Sting Knowledge among Naval Personnel in Northeast China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 725.

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