aspireThe KidSIM-ASPIRE (Assessing Simulation in Pediatrics: Improving Resuscitation Events) Simulation Research Program at Alberta Children’s Hospital was established to bring together an interprofessional group of Alberta-based leaders in clinical care, research methodology, education, human factors and psychology interested in improving the delivery of healthcare to sick infants and children. Our team has developed a solid foundation which positions us well to address the main objectives of the acute and life-saving care pillar of ACH. Studies are formulated to identify novel and innovative methods of healthcare delivery in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency of care. In our collaborative research model, we also aim to facilitate the academic growth of young investigators and trainees by exposing them to established mentors both locally and worldwide and nurturing the skills necessary to become successful researchers.

After completion of several successful large-scale studies that have provided significant results and insight into acute care, KidSIM-ASPIRE is committed to translating the knowledge gained by the research findings. National pediatric emergency and pre-hospital care conferences, annual nursing education sessions, local nursing conferences, and several simulation conferences are recent venues where the research team has presented findings. Perhaps most importantly, these presentations focused on how recent findings need to be applied to improve provider education and patient care. In 2011, members of the KidSIM-ASPIRE team met to develop a common research agenda, and to identify priorities and action items to help the collaborative achieve its research goals. The results of this consensus process helped to inform the development of the 6 key KidSIM-ASPIRE research pillars, each with a specific aim for research: 1. CPR and Cardiac Arrest; 2. Team Training; 3. Family Centered Care; 4. Debriefing; 5. Technology in the Resuscitation Room and 6. Interprofessional Training.

Since its inception in 2011, the KidSIM-ASPIRE program has been successful in the local, national and international research forums. KidSIM-ASPIRE is the busiest and most active simulation research program (adult or pediatric) in Canada. Our researchers have been fortunate enough to receive over $3 million dollars of grant support over the past few years to support simulation-based research activities here at ACH.

To see a full list of our current projectsand piblications please download the KIdSIM Annual Report.