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Table 1 Distribution of correct responses to the questionnaire items before (pre) and after (post) training (n = 34)

From: Assessment of the effectiveness of a course in major chemical incidents for front line health care providers: a pilot study from Saudi Arabia

   Pre-test Post-test  
Items Questionnaire items No. % No. % Improvement
1 One of the following is an example of chemical removal of contaminant 18 46.15% 31 86.11% 72.22%
2 Checklist of communication with clinical toxicology include: 31 79.49% 33 91.67% 6.45%
3 Which statement is true regarding the reactivity of hazardous materials with water? 6 15.38% 16 44.44% 166.67%
4 During a HAZMAT incident, when do patients need to be decontaminated? 11 28.21% 13 36.11% 18.18%
5 Persistence of Chemical agent cause effects long after release. Which of these agents has the most persistency: 3 7.69% 24 66.67% 700.00%
6 Nerve agent poisoning may be rapidly fatal. Beside appropriate decontamination, which of the following should be administered? 6 15.38% 19 52.78% 216.67%
7 All of the following agents are blistering agents except? 16 41.03% 30 83.33% 87.50%
8 Which the following clinical effects would be least likely to occur from exposure from sulfur mustard? 14 35.90% 14 38.89% 0.00%
9 What is the primary objective at any hazardous materials` release? 18 46.15% 24 66.67% 33.33%
10 Which of the following statements about a spill in which wind is blowing from north is correct? 8 20.51% 23 63.89% 187.50%
11 When you should call the Poison Control Center: 8 20.51% 14 38.89% 75.00%
12 Regarding Chemical Protective clothing which of the following is incorrect: 12 30.77% 14 38.89% 16.67%
13 The Clinical Toxicologist of the 24 h information /consultation services of the PCC will provide the specialist on duty with further instructions and advice about the following, all are true except one: 9 23.08% 2 5.56% −77.78%
14 Which the following chemical agents caused the greatest number of fatalities in World war1? 7 17.95% 30 83.33% 328.57%
15 During the decontamination of critical ill victims, which body area requires particular attention? 20 51.28% 22 61.11% 10.00%
16 What are the roles of Poison Control Center in CWI? 29 74.36% 32 88.89% 10.34%
17 Which of the following is not a source of secondary contamination (cross-contamination); 10 25.64% 20 55.56% 100.00%
18 Mustard is considered a: 7 17.95% 26 72.22% 271.43%
19 A 37-year-old man arrives at the emergency department (ED) after exposure to an organophosphate. He is severely symptomatic, and atropine is given. When should atropine treatment be discontinued? 7 17.95% 16 44.44% 128.57%
20 In a simple Asphyxiant agent. What main organ system is affected? 25 64.10% 25 69.44% 0.00%
21 You suspect a patient has a cholinergic syndrome. Which of the following, if found, would make you question your diagnosis? 14 35.90% 17 47.22% 21.43%
22 Which the following chemical warfare agents is the most potent? 8 20.51% 24 66.67% 200.00%
23 Which the following HAZMAT scene control zones requires the highest level of personal protective equipment (PPE)? 12 30.77% 30 83.33% 150.00%
24 Antidote type, dose, and preparation should be known by: 26 66.67% 25 69.44% −3.85%
25 Before at least primary decontamination, the most urgent lifesaving procedure/s that should be carried out is: 13 33.33% 16 44.44% 23.08%