INTRODUCTION: This study aims to investigate the knowledge levels of preschool teachers who work in Denizli city center in Turkey about foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO).
METHODS: The population of this cross-sectional study consists of 432 preschool teachers working in primary schools and kindergartens located in Denizli city center. Participants were administered a questionnaire that consisted of 28 questions. For each participant, the knowledge scores about FBAO were calculated. Each participant can score a minimum of 0.0 and maximum of 28.0 points.
RESULTS: For this study, 204 preschool teachers working in 27 schools were selected. The mean age of the participants was 33.5±5.3 years and 185 (98.4%) were female. Twenty-three (12.2%) of the teachers had previously come across airway obstruction due to foreign body. One hundred forty-two (76.3%) of the participants find their knowledge levels insufficient and 151 (80.7%) of them want to get educated. Teachers knowledge score about FBAO was 11.6±5.5. Teachers knowledge scores who had two and more children and those who get educated before were higher and teachers knowledge scores who want additional education were found to be lower (p=0.010, p<0.001 and p<0.001, respectively).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The knowledge level of preschool teachers in Turkey about FBAO was low. Teachers were aware of this insufficiency and they were willing to get educated about this issue.