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Optimus BONUS: open access simulation-based education packages on paediatric resuscitation using spaced repetition and deliberate practice
  1. Sonia Twigg1,2,
  2. Martha Carolina Ardila Sarmiento1,2,
  3. Ben Lawton1,2,
  4. Benjamin Symon1,2
  1. 1STORK Simulation Training Optimising Resuscitation for Kids, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sonia Twigg, STORK Simulation Training Optimising Resuscitation for Kids, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, South Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia; Sonia.Twigg{at}

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Open access paediatric healthcare simulations are relatively scarce.1 2 In addition, freely available scenarios are packaged as isolated educational experiences separate from the broader educational needs of individuals and institutions.

We describe the development and public release of a series of simulation-based education packages designed in a multilayered format to include infographics (see online supplementary file), links to online training and open access medical resources.3 Each simulation is useful for individual participants’ long-term learning through skills rehearsal and facilitated reflection, and prompts departmental systems assessments regarding access to appropriate clinical guidelines, essential equipment and just-in-time training assets for staff.

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The Simulation Training Optimising Resuscitation for Kids team is funded by Children’s Health Queensland with a mission to improve paediatric healthcare in hospitals throughout an Australian state with a widely dispersed population. Safe paediatric healthcare in Queensland relies heavily on the skills of clinicians who may have had limited exposure to paediatric resuscitation. Because of the large distances, a retrieval team may take hours to arrive to take the child to specialist care.

The foundations of our approach to addressing the paediatric educational needs of these clinicians consist of two courses based on the early phase and stabilisation phase of paediatric resuscitation. The first course, CORE, is for staff who need to recognise patient deterioration and to deliver …

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  • Contributors ST wrote the first draft of this paper, edited it, wrote the simulation packages, contributed to many of the linked videos and contributed to the infographics. BS contributed to and edited this paper, supervised the primary author, determined the design of the packages, edited the packages and created many of the infographics. MCAS created the videos linked to the packages and contributed to and edited this paper. BL supervised the team as we made the packages, edited the content, helped to organise distribution, and contributed to and edited this paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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