Purpose: Studies have shown that most critical events that occur in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), including cardiac arrests, are preventable and respiratory in origin. Admission to the PACU necessitates transfer of care from anesthesiology staff to PACU nurses. The aim of the study is to assess a) feasibility in implementing an in-situ curriculum for PACU nurses to manage common pediatric emergencies, b) the effectiveness of the curriculum in improving self-confidence of the PACU nurses in performing essential skills c) nurses’' perception of such an offering. Design and methods: This was a single center curricular evaluation study. Anonymous surveys were used to assess curriculum effectiveness by comparing self-reported confidence in the execution of key technical skills and application of knowledge in a real clinical environment at three time points: baseline, immediately post-simulation, and 3 months later. Results: Of 50 PACU nurses, 80%, 98% and 58% responded to the targeted needs assessment, post-simulation and follow up (at 3 months) survey respectively. Self-reported confidence levels for most of the essential skills were significantly increased immediately after simulation and at 3 months. Most of the participants responded that the simulation training helped them improve care of hypoxic (83%) and hypotensive (62%) patients in the PACU. Conclusion: Implementation of in situ curriculum for PACU nurses was feasible. The self-reported confidence in performing essential skills increased significantly and the nurses could apply these skills in real clinical environment. Practice implications: Interprofessional simulation should be implemented in all high risk units to optimize safety of children.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of pediatric nursing|
|State||Published - May 1 2022|
- Follow-up studies
- Needs assessment
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