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Simulation of Respiratory Distress for 3rd Year Pediatrics Medical Students

Published: January 20, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9685

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This is a curriculum session for use with third-year medical students on their pediatrics clerkship designed to teach the evaluation, assessment, and management of pediatric patients with respiratory distress. The curriculum uses simulation techniques and cases to enhance learning in the real-world setting. This simulation session is designed to teach third-year students about one of the most common pediatric concerns, respiratory distress, while also learning about leadership and communication skills. Since initiation, students have reported increased comfort levels with these patients in real-life situations. Survey results from the medical students have consistently been favorable.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Review respiratory distress and its etiology in children.
  2. Determine appropriate initial assessment of patients with respiratory distress.
  3. Review the vital signs necessary for assessment of respiratory distress and the variations in children.
  4. Demonstrate management of patients presenting with respiratory distress.
  5. Demonstrate basic understanding of basic life support and pediatric advanced life support principles and their role in a child with respiratory distress.
  6. Be familiar with the necessary resources to use with a patient in respiratory distress including different oxygen delivery methods, cardiopulmonary monitors, IV access, medications.
  7. Practice the key skill of providing bag mask ventilation to a child in respiratory distress.
  8. Demonstrate key features involved in teamwork when working in an emergent situation.

Author Information

  • Suzanne Friedman, MD: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Meghan Tozzi: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • Ashley Siems: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • Sheemon Zackai: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

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Friedman S, Tozzi M, Siems A, Zackai S. Simulation of respiratory distress for 3rd year pediatrics medical students. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9685. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9685