Journal article

A randomised controlled trial of cognitive aids for emergency airway equipment preparation in a Paediatric Emergency Department

Elliot Long, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Domenic R Cincotta, Joanne Grindlay, Michael Joseph Barrett

SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF TRAUMA RESUSCITATION & EMERGENCY MEDICINE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Safety of emergency intubation may be improved by standardising equipment preparation; the efficacy of cognitive aids is unknown. METHODS: This randomised controlled trial compared no cognitive aid (control) with the use of a checklist or picture template for emergency airway equipment preparation in the Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. RESULTS: Sixty-three participants were recruited, 21 randomised to each group. Equal numbers of nursing, junior medical, and senior medical staff were included in each group. Compared to controls, the checklist or template group had significantly lower equipment omission rates (median 30% IQR 20-40% control, median..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence Grant for Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Canberra, ACT, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded internally by the Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. This study was supported in part by a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence Grant for Paediatric Emergency Medicine (GNT1058560), Canberra, ACT, Australia and the Victorian Governments Infrastructure Support Program, Melbourne, Australia.