New Developments in Simulation-Based Training for Pediatric Anesthesia

| Roxanne Blanford

"...With the growth and increased sophistication of pediatric anesthesia, as well as the regionalization of specialty care, anesthesiologists are continually challenged to gain and maintain expertise in the safe and effective delivery of routine and emergency pediatric anesthesia ..."1

Pediatric regional anesthesia is becoming more commonplace in anesthetic practice, improving the postoperative experience of both children and their parents/caregivers. Its use is expected to continue to grow in popularity. 

The ultrasound technique is widely applied in children and evidence supports the efficacy and advantages of this method. In children, ultrasound guidance has been shown to improve block characteristics, resulting in shorter block performance time, higher success rates, shorter onset, reduction in the volume of local anesthetic agents required, and better visibility of neuraxial structures.2

However, real-time ultrasound guidance for regional anesthesia is not without some degree of risk. As this paradigm shift gains traction, so too does the need grow for properly trained anesthesiologists, clinicians, and technicians. Simulation-based healthcare training in anesthesia may suggest part of the solution.  

Discover Blue Phantom's Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Trainer

"... Simulation-based education provides an experiential learning paradigm for opportunities to improve medical knowledge, technical skills, communication, and decision-making skills for common as well as rare events ... 

"... In addition, simulation education provides opportunities to assess systems-based problems, improve interdisciplinary team training, ease relocation into facilities, and help adapt to new equipment and technology ...

"... Given that crises in pediatric anesthesia are relatively rare and unpredictable and that anesthesia residents and faculty are expected to be able to successfully manage these situations, simulation-based education can fill these important knowledge gaps ..."3

Through experiential learning, trainees can acquire skills used in the management of events rarely encountered in practice, such as local anesthetic-induced cardiac toxicity. 

Once basic ultrasound insertion skills have been acquired and solidly developed (phantoms may assist with this), these learnings can be transferred to a real-life clinical setting for better patient care and better outcomes.

Blue Phantom Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Central Line Ultrasound Training Model

Teach, practice and learn central and regional line placement procedures for pediatric patients within a highly-realistic, yet risk-free environment withCAE Blue Phantom Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Central Line Ultrasound Training Model.

This ultra-durable and high-quality training model comes complete with an upper torso mannequin which incorporates all the anatomy required to gain proficiency in the insertion and management of ultrasound for pediatric central lines and peripheral nerve blocks on a simulated 6-year old patient. 

Blue Phantom's pediatric regional anesthesia and central line placement model is excellent for both ultrasound-guided and blind insertion skills development, with quality imaging characteristics to optimize training and self-healing tissue that matches the acoustic properties of real human tissue.

With Blue Phantom, learners get the advanced tools they need to gain experience and confidence in insertion procedures before ever performing the procedure on a live patient.

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1,3 Mai C.L., Szyld, D., Cooper J.B., "A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children" Simulation in Pediatric Anesthesia (Chapter 53) Elsevier, 2019

2Ivani G., Mosseti V., Pediatric Regional Anesthesia. Minerva Anesthesiologica 2009; 75:577-83

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