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Bridging the Stressful Gap Between ICU and Home

Medical Simulation for Pediatric Patients and Their Families*

Graham, Robert J., MD1,2; Amar-Dolan, Laura R., MD1,2; Roussin, Christopher J., PhD1; Weinstock, Peter H., MD, PhD1,2

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: April 2019 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p e221–e224
doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001869
Online PCCM Perspectives

Objectives: Introduce an expanding role for pediatric critical care and medical simulation to optimize the care for children with technology dependence.

Data Sources: Limited review of literature and practice for current teaching paradigms, vulnerability of the patient population, and efficacy of simulation as a medical educational tool.

Conclusions: In accordance with new care models and patient need, critical care requires parallel evolution of care practices, including new educational and care models, in order to maximally reduce risk, fear, and anxiety and to insure quality and consistent care in the community for patients and families transitioning between the ICU and home environments.

1Division of Critical Care Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

2Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

*See also p. 396.

The authors have disclosed that they do not have any potential conflicts of interest.

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