Interdisciplinary onsite team-based simulation training in the neonatal intensive care unit: a pilot report.

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DOI: 10.1038/jp.2016.238


OBJECTIVE: Simulation training improves individual clinician confidence, performance and self-efficacy in resuscitation and procedural training experiences. The reality of resuscitation experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is that they are team-accomplished events. However, limited data exist on team-based simulation training (TBST) in the NICU. We report the experience of TBST over a 4-year period.

STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective report of 65 TBST events in a 71-bed Level IV NICU at a regional subspecialty children's hospital. Participants were more than 500 NICU staff, including neonatal/cardiac/surgical attendings, neonatal fellows, neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatric residents, registered nurses and respiratory therapists. Background work, common case scenarios, training objectives and learning opportunities were reported, along with discipline-specific, and team and system areas for improvement. Qualitative, subjective data were tracked and efforts at collecting quantitative, objective data are ongoing.

RESULTS: Seventy-five TBST events were scheduled from November 2010 through December 2014; 10 of these were canceled. TBST events occurred both night (n=23) and day (n=42), and also on weekends (n=19), using high-fidelity (n=42) and low-fidelity (n=23) systems. Resuscitation team participants at each TBST were 12-30 providers and staff. The duration of each TBST event was 30-65 min including debriefing. Systems issues were identified and corrected, including problems activating the code pathway, issues using a pager activation system and confusion over resuscitation team roles and responsibilities. Educational needs were addressed, focused on topic areas that included arrhythmias and use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

CONCLUSION: With appropriate planning and implementation, TBST is feasible and realistic in a busy NICU.

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Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association





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Clinical Competence; Hospitals, Pediatric; Humans; Intensive Care Units, Neonatal; Missouri; Neonatology; Patient Care Team; Pilot Projects; Resuscitation; Retrospective Studies; Simulation Training



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