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Pediatric Interfacility Transport Curriculum: Its Impact on the Pediatric Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Fellows’ Performance and Confidence

Published:August 03, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2022.06.007

      Abstract

      Objective

      Pediatric interfacility transports are frequent. Despite the absence of a formal pediatric transport curriculum in eastern Canada, directly managing patients during transport and medical direction of the referring center and transport team are part of the pediatric critical care medicine (PCCM) and pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) program requirements. The authors developed a pediatric interfacility transport curriculum and measured its impact on fellows’ confidence and performance.

      Methods

      This was a pilot interventional prospective study in Montreal, Canada. Postcurriculum surveys were used to measure confidence, and high-fidelity simulations were used to measure performance. A target threshold for confidence was defined before implementation, and pre- and post values were compared. The simulation scenario and assessment checklist were locally developed.

      Results

      The participants were 11 PCCM and 3 PEM fellows. The content of the curriculum and educational methods were selected based on the literature and a needs assessment survey. All participants rated themselves as confident at the end of the curriculum. Eighty-three percent of the participants were deemed proficient with a perfect interrater agreement.

      Conclusion

      The pediatric transport curriculum had a positive impact on PEM and PCCM fellows’ confidence and performance in transport. Further studies should look at the impact of such a curriculum on participants’ real-life performance and patient care.
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