qcprcardImproving CPR: Can A Novel Credit-Card Sized CPR Feedback Device Save Lives?
Principal Investigator: Adam Cheng
KidSIM ASPIRE Team: Jennifer Spruyt, Traci Robinson, Helen Catena, Vincent Grant, Jenny Chatfield, Deanna Koot, Nicola Robertson
This multicenter study is examining the impact of a credit-card sized CPR feedback device on the way healthcare providers deliver chest compressions during cardiac arrest.  This innovative new device, which fits in the palm of your hand, provides real-time feedback on the quality of CPR when it is placed on the chest of the pediatric patient requiring CPR.  Effective feedback during CPR is thought to enhance the quality of CPR, and ultimately, improve outcomes and survival from pediatric cardiac arrest.  In our multicenter, multi-national study, we hope to use simulation-based research to validate this technology, and ultimately impact the way healthcare providers look after children with life-threatening disease.  This project was the recipient of a 3 year, $450,000 research grant from the CIHR and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Read more about the QCPR Project in the November 21, 2012 AHS News Release!

teams4kidsTeam Training – Teams4Kids
Principal Investigator: Elaine Gilfoyle
KidSIM ASPIRE Team: Deanna Koot, Nicola Robertson, Adam Cheng, Vincent Grant, Estee Grant, Tom O’Neill
Teams4Kids is a 3 year multi-centre interventional study examining the effect of a 1-day interprofessional, simulation-based team training course for pediatric resuscitation team members. Teams comprising of resident physicians, ICU nurses and respiratory therapists learn about the competencies and behaviors associated with effective teamwork and then have several opportunities to practice these skills in a simulated environment. Team performance is assessed by independent video review of simulation sessions using validated assessment tools. These tools examine adherence to PALS guidelines as well as teamwork (role responsibility, communication, situational awareness and decision-making). Improvement in performance will be evaluated by comparing team scores before and after the course. If the results of this large multi-centre trial suggest that team performance improves with the teamwork training educational intervention, then the research team will work with relevant stakeholders to facilitate implementation of this training widely across Canada. Future work needs to be done to determine if this training improves health care provider performance during real patient care and ultimately improves patient outcome. This study is funded by a joint funding opportunity between The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. www.Teams4Kids.com

Family Centered Care
Principal Investigator: Elaine Sigalet
KidSIM ASPIRE Team: Traci Robinson, Deanna Koot, Jenny Chatfield, Helen Catena, Vincent Grant, Adam Cheng, Nicola Robertson
This program aims to explore the benefits of using simulation to support traditional seizure discharge teaching for families going home from hospital with a child who has a seizure condition. High fidelity simulation is increasingly used to support ongoing education for nurses and doctors but has not been used previously to support family teaching.   Using simulation, we hope to increase the confidence and skill level of family members who are discharged home with children who are at high risk of suffering seizures at home.  This project is generously supported by a grant through the ACH Foundation.

Principal Investigator: Mark Gale
The MEPA study is a multi-centered validation study looking at the validity of scenarios in the Managing Emergencies in Pediatric Anesthesia course. The MEPA course will be implemented at ACH once the study is complete and will be the foundation of Pediatric Anesthesia residency simulation training at ACH.