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An innovative approach to teaching resuscitation skills.
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PMID:  16753715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report the impact of a monthly educational exercise for residents that emphasized practical skills and equipment usage rather than knowledge of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocols. Residents were divided into groups of approximately four that rotated through three stations. Each station included several objectives, most of which related to specific types of equipment. The exercise was held six times from July 2003 to June of 2004. Sixty-seven residents participated and completed a questionnaire prior to and following the exercise. The questionnaire elicited comfort level with basic tasks including using an automated external defibrillator (AED), attaching leads and paddles to read a cardiac rhythm, delivering unsynchronized shocks with monophasic and biphasic defibrillators and implementing the pacing function on a defibrillator. There were significant differences in the pre- and post-answers to each question. The largest difference was found in the question asking how comfortable participants were delivering unsynchronized shocks with a defibrillator. Importantly, responses for the question 'How comfortable are you being a code leader?' showed significant improvement. Simple skills such as attaching tubing to the oxygen tank, turning on the defibrillator and entering appropriate charge, or positioning paddles and monitor leads properly often caused significant difficulty. Cardiopulmonary arrests tend to generate anxiety among house staff, despite certification in ACLS and adequate knowledge of protocols. Exercises, such as the one presented here, will reduce anxiety by specifically addressing this skill. We conclude that residents benefit from additional teaching and practice in actual performance of basic skills used during cardiac arrests. Furthermore, our data demonstrate that comfort levels among house officers increase when they are given the opportunity to practice these skills.
Ann Settgast; John T Nguyen; Aaron Devries; Erin Krebs; Peter Duane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1466-187X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-06     Completed Date:  2006-09-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e90-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Minnesota, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Advanced Cardiac Life Support / education*,  methods,  psychology
Educational Measurement
Hospitals, Veterans
Internal Medicine / education*
Internship and Residency / methods*
Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
Population Surveillance

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