Acquisition of skills in critical emergency medicine: An experimental study on the SIAARTI Academy CREM experience

the SIAARTI ACADEMY CREM Group

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In 2019 the SIAARTI developed a seven-days course for residents, focused on critical emergency medicine (CREM) in a hostile environment, that grounds on simulation-based education and training with hands-on simulation, high-fidelity simulators and part-task trainers. This project aimed to evaluate the efficacy of this course in comparison to traditional learning programs in term of technical (TS) and non-technical (NTS) skills. We assessed the improvement in TS and NTS over time, and the ability to involve trainees in corporate activities. METHODS: Three-hundred and twenty-seven trainees completed the study. Trainees were allocated into three groups: those who joined the SIAARTI-Academy-CREM course and received a study kit (SA-kit, N.=124), those who received only a study kit (kit, N.=108), and control (N.=95). Eighty-five tests were administered to investigate skills at three time-points: T0 (baseline), T1 (post-training/kit), and T2 (four months later). RESULTS: TS differed among groups (P<0.0001), with the highest points in the SA-kit group at T1 (post-hoc comparison, P<0.0001 vs. kit; P<0.0001 vs. control), and T2 (post-hoc comparison, P<0.0001 vs. kit; P<0.0001 vs. control). NTS differed among groups (P=0.0406), with the highest points in the SA-kit group at T1 (post-hoc comparison, P=0.0337 vs. kit; P=0.0416 vs. control), and T2 (post-hoc comparison, P=0.0073 vs. kit; P=0.3308 vs. control). SA-kit group significantly improved TS (P<0.0001) and NTS (P=0.0006) over time. Involvement in corporate activities of SA-kit was significantly higher than kit and control (P=0.0012). CONCLUSIONS: SA-kit improvement in TS and NTS was higher than kit and control and was maintained over time. Participation in this course implemented participation in corporate activities among attendees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1182
Number of pages9
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Volume87
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Anesthesia
  • Education
  • Professional competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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