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Trauma drills help resus skills

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‘Mock’ trauma drills can easily boost failing child resuscitation skills in A&E, suggests US research.

Researchers tested the effect of simple refresher courses at 18 A&E units, which had previously been found lacking in skills including weight-based drug dosing, HbA1c assessments and placement of IVs through the bone – an alternative route for delivering fluids to children whose veins that have constricted.

The authors said the mean number of 44 simulated tasks completed satisfactorily by each team increased from 18 to 27 after the course.

‘It’s encouraging to see that in most cases, merely raising a red flag ad telling staff “here's what you did wrong and here's how it should be done,” helped them,’ the authors said. But they added: ‘You can't exactly duplicate an actual trauma.’

Pediatric Emergency Care (2007) 23: 796-804

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