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Central venous catheterization training: current perspectives on the role of simulation

Authors Soffler MI, Hayes MM, Smith CC

Received 21 December 2017

Accepted for publication 9 March 2018

Published 25 May 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 395—403


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder

Morgan I Soffler,1,2 Margaret M Hayes,2–4 C Christopher Smith3–5

1Harvard Combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA; 2Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA; 3Internal Medicine Residency Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA; 4Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; 5Division of General Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Abstract: Simulation is a popular and effective training modality in medical education across a variety of domains. Central venous catheterization (CVC) is commonly undertaken by trainees, and carries significant risk for patient harm when carried out incorrectly. Multiple studies have evaluated the efficacy of simulation-based training programs, in comparison with traditional training modalities, on learner and patient outcomes. In this review, we discuss relevant adult learning principles that support simulation-based CVC training, review the literature on simulation-based CVC training, and highlight the use of simulation-based CVC training programs at various institutions.

simulation, central venous catheterization, assessment, competency, central line insertion

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