Simulation training for surgical residents in pediatric trauma scenarios

Jill Popp, Laura Yochum, Philip C. Spinella, Stephen Donahue, Christine Finck

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Introduction: Pediatric trauma requires several medical professionals working together as a highly functioning team. Since critical pediatric medical events are rare, routine practice can be one method of ensuring that all members communicate and provide quality care. The goal of this study was to evaluate whether high-fidelity simulation training improved surgery residents' knowledge and selfefficacy in relation to pediatric trauma scenarios. Methods: Participants attended training that in cluded initial assessments of knowledge and self-efficacy, lecture, and practice with three trauma scenarios. After the training, residents completed pretest measures again. Results: Findings indicated that resident knowledge and self-efficacy significantly increased after the simulation training. Conclusion: The current study suggests that for the adequate care of pediatric patients during trauma/emergency situations, highfidelity simulation training may be beneficial. This may be particularly true for emergencies that are less frequent and not well practiced by clinicians and students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalConnecticut Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012


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