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The role of simulation in teaching pediatric resuscitation: current perspectives

Authors Lin Y, Cheng A

Received 28 January 2015

Accepted for publication 20 February 2015

Published 31 March 2015 Volume 2015:6 Pages 239—248

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S64178

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder


Yiqun Lin,1 Adam Cheng2

1KidSIM-ASPIRE Simulation Research Program, Alberta Children's Hospital, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada; 2KidSIM-ASPIRE Research Program, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, AB, Canada

Abstract: The use of simulation for teaching the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for effective pediatric resuscitation has seen widespread growth and adoption across pediatric institutions. In this paper, we describe the application of simulation in pediatric resuscitation training and review the evidence for the use of simulation in neonatal resuscitation, pediatric advanced life support, procedural skills training, and crisis resource management training. We also highlight studies supporting several key instructional design elements that enhance learning, including the use of high-fidelity simulation, distributed practice, deliberate practice, feedback, and debriefing. Simulation-based training is an effective modality for teaching pediatric resuscitation concepts. Current literature has revealed some research gaps in simulation-based education, which could indicate the direction for the future of pediatric resuscitation research.

Keywords: simulation, pediatric resuscitation, medical education, instructional design, crisis resource management, health care

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