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Performance and Stress During Full Scale Simulator Training

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 25, 2008
Last Update Posted : June 27, 2008
Information provided by:
Technische Universität Dresden

Brief Summary:
In Intensive Care Medicine, critical incidents are not rare and may result in fatal outcome. High fidelity patient simulators are commonly used in training curricula for healthcare professionals especially in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and intensive care medicine. Several different course concepts have previously been published. As we know from recently published data, up to 80% of all critical incidents in the field of medicine are caused by human error. The authors of the present study aimed to investigate the effects of two different course concepts (one addressing technical skills in intensive care medicine and on addressing non-technical skills) on stress and performance. Stress and performance are measured in a pre-intervention and a post-intervention testing scenario.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Performance in Simulated Emergencies Stress During Simulator Scenario Behaviour of Physicians in Simulated Emergencies Other: Medical simulator training Other: Simulator based crew resource management course Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 32 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Official Title: Excellence in Performance and Stress Reduction During Two Different Full Scale Simulator Training Courses: A Pilot Study
Study Start Date : April 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2005

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: 1
Classic one-day simulator training for intensivists.
Other: Medical simulator training
Contains seminars on airway management, general anesthesia, peri-arrest arrhythmias, and advanced life support. Furthermore, participants train in simulator scenarios. In the debriefing instructors discuss management of the critical incidents using videotapes of the scenarios.

Experimental: 2
Crew resource management training
Other: Simulator based crew resource management course
Contains seminars on human error and non-technical skills. Furthermore, participants train in simulator scenarios. In the debriefing instructors discuss usage of non-technical skills as well as behaviour of the participants using videotapes of the scenarios.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Performance in simulated emergencies (medical performance and non-technical skills)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Stress in simulated emergencies (measured by salivary amylase and cortisol levels)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Physician with experience in intensive care medicine.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No experience in intensive care medicine
  • previously taken part in simulator training

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00704470

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Interdisciplinary Medical Simulation Centre, University Hospital Dresden
Dresden, Germany, 01307
Sponsors and Collaborators
Technische Universität Dresden
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Principal Investigator: Michael P Mueller, MD Director of Simulation Centre, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Dresden

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Dr. Michael Mueller, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Technology, Dresden Identifier: NCT00704470     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EK261122004
First Posted: June 25, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 27, 2008
Last Verified: June 2008
Keywords provided by Technische Universität Dresden:
Patient Simulation
Education, Medical, Continuing
Education, Medical, Graduate
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes