Medical paediatric simulation: a European survey.
OBJECTIVE To present the effective applications of paediatric medical simulation in terms of education, evaluation, density, development, goals and constraints. STUDY DESIGN Survey realized within 38 paediatric simulation centres (PSC) in Europe, identified by Web search and through the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM. RESULTS Twenty centers answered the questionnaire (52%). Ninety-four percent of the PSC had beforehand acquired an experience of adult medical simulation, 94.6% of the PSC were created before 2006. Ninety percent of the PSC owned at least one high-fidelity pediatric simulator. The 80% of the PSC indicated multiple funding sources.
Eighty percent of the PSC had at least one specific instructor for the paediatric simulation (average=2.7 paediatric instructors per centre). The PCS reported to get onto various topics: neonatology (25% of the PCS), prehospital medicine (36.8%), paediatric anaesthesiology (74%) and paediatric intensive care (89%). Simulation allowed 70% of the centers to lead some research project. Ninety-five percent of the centers agreed about an European collaboration on research projects or about the mutualization of the created scenarios. CONCLUSION The material, financial and human means of the interviewed centres are consequential but heterogeneous in Europe. MSP offers numerous and various application fields and generates some research activity.
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