Mock trauma drills can easily boost failing child resuscitation skills in A&E, suggests US research.
Researchers tested the effect of refresher courses at 18 A&E units, which had been found to lack skills in areas such as placing IVs through bone – a route for delivering fluids to children with constricted veins.
The authors said the mean number of 44 simulated tasks completed satisfactorily by each team increased from 18 to 27 after the course.
‘Raising a red flag and telling staff, “Here’s what you did wrong and here’s how it should be done,” helped them,’ the authors said.
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