Establishing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Teaching Programme on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors

  • Emma Dyer University Hospital Lewisham
  • Esmira Jafarova University Hospital Lewisham

Keywords:

Neonatal, Simulation, Teaching, QI

Abstract

Background:
In our NICU team it was the first neonatal job for 1/5th of doctors and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1/3rd of medical and nursing staff had struggled to undertake NLS courses.
Our aim was  to undertake a QI project introducing regular multi-disciplinary simulation teaching on the neonatal unit, with the aim of teaching, developing and refreshing skills in managing neonatal emergencies, improving confidence, and building teamwork.

Methods:
We did an initial survey of medical and nursing staff to establish their experiences of simulation and based on this, launched a simulation teaching programme. This consisted of fortnightly, in-situ simulation, followed by detailed debrief and discussion. We collected feedback following each session and conducted a follow-up survey after 14 weeks.

Results:
Following the introduction of the simulation programme, feedback demonstrated that participants found scenarios useful, they increased understanding and confidence of the subject and content was appropriate and relevant. 
After 14 weeks 100% of respondents either “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that the simulation programme was interesting and beneficial, helped to improve teamworking and gave them more confidence in their clinical practice.
Prior to the simulation programme only 40% answered “agreed” or “strongly agreed” to feel confident leading in the resuscitation and management of an acutely unwell neonate as opposed to 86% 14 weeks into the programme.

Analysis:
We demonstrated that regular NICU simulation teaching was not only achievable, but increased confidence of both medical and nursing staff in clinical practice, improved teamworking and was found to be beneficial and interesting.

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Published

24-02-2022

How to Cite

Dyer, E., & Jafarova, E. (2022). Establishing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Teaching Programme on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during the COVID-19 Pandemic. London Paediatrics, 1(1). Retrieved from https://journal.londonpaediatrics.co.uk/index.php/1/article/view/6