Simulation for Clinical Preparedness in Pediatric Emergencies: A Pilot Study


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Abstract

Positive outcomes for pediatric in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest remain low with little change in mortality rates. Infrequently used clinical knowledge and skills decline quickly, contributing to poor quality of resuscitation. The aim of this pilot study exploring the outcomes of repeated pediatric mock code simulations with structured debriefing demonstrated statistically significant differences in participants’ knowledge of pediatric emergencies, with no significant decline in resuscitation skills. This provides an evidence-based approach for professional development educators working with nurses on pediatric emergencies.

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