The ABLS course sponsored by the ABA has not yet been made available in Japan, although it is strongly desired. During the 3 years between 2006 and 2008, authorized ABLS provider courses were given once a year in Japan as part of preparations to reach an agreement between the ABA and the JSBI for the continuation of ABLS provider courses in Japan. These courses were provided as one of the programs available at the annual meeting of the JSBI. Nine Japanese registered ABLS instructors (including some candidates) acted as lecturers. Two national faculty members and one course coordinator, acting as ABA observers, participated in the first and second courses. In total, 64 physicians (37 emergency physicians, 20 plastic surgeons, 4 intensivists and 3 general surgeons) attended the courses. Course management and instructor behavior were reviewed by the ABA observers and the 64 physicians in attendance using questionnaires. The ABA observers rated the courses as "outstanding" in every aspect (course faculty, facilities, course organization, course conduct, and adherence to ABLS philosophies). The pre-course planning, course conduct, and course evaluations were professional and adhered to the highest educational standards. However, several areas of the ABLS course content may require revision to accommodate differences in standard medical treatment between the United States and Japan. Two percent of the physicians rated the courses as easy, 59% rated the course as moderate, 22% rated the course as slightly difficult, and 6% rated the course as difficult. The courses were generally evaluated as very good by 28% of the physicians and good by 56%. The major opinion regarding the organization of the course in Japan was that the course should have undergone appropriate curriculum changes to accommodate societal differences (including the translation of the course into Japanese) as well as modifications to the disaster management and patient transport sections. Regarding the organization of future ABLS courses in Japan, the active involvement of the JSBI is inevitable. Several areas of the ABLS course content may need to be revised to accommodate differences in standard medical treatment between the United States and Japan. A joint effort between the ABA and the JSBI regarding appropriate curriculum changes to accommodate societal differences as well as modifications to some sections would increase the applicability of the course in Japan.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine