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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-70

Impact of the neoresus training on nonpediatric-trained medical and nursing staff in the emergency department: Experience from two sites in regional Australia

Department of Paediatrics, North West Regional Hospital, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

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Dr. Anutosh Shee
North West Regional Hospital, 23 Brickport Road, Burnie, Tasmania
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcn.JCN_99_17

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Aim: We aimed to determine if a structured neonatal resuscitation program, advanced NeoResus, can effectively improve the confidence level of the nonpediatric-trained medical and nursing staff in the emergency department (ED) for providing neonatal resuscitation in the face of sudden, unexpected delivery. Materials and Methods: A self-reported questionnaire powered by Likert scale and open-ended questions, was used to evaluate the impact of the program on the ED staff in gaining confidence after completing the online and face-to-face parts of the program. Results: A total of 45 nonpediatric-trained multidisciplinary health-care professionals attended the program; out of those 24 were nurses/midwives. Before the course, 97% candidates had reviewed the online learning modules and 91% of them found them good or excellent. All ED staff agreed that the time allocated for practicing the use of airway adjuncts, manual ventilation devices, chest compressions, and umbilical venous line and the quality of information provided was adequate. All ED staff, again, either agreed or strongly agreed that participating in neonatal resuscitation scenarios had improved their confidence level in managing the neonatal emergencies. Conclusion: There was a very good compliance and acceptability of the course by the nonpediatric trained staff. All attendee felt more confident about acquiring the necessary knowledge and skill needed for neonatal resuscitation in emergent situation. A further follow-up study will be required to assess objectively about the knowledge acquisition and retention by the ED staff for ongoing provision of emergency neonatal resuscitation.

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