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The management of the compromised newborn is a high risk clinical area.
Critical events requiring resuscitation or time critical intervention are not uncommon. The evidence suggests that effective interventions by the team at critical events can reduce adverse events which may impact on morbidity and mortality in the neonatal population. However individual exposure can be relatively uncommon particularly in areas designated for low risk care.
Simulation teaching is well placed to improve, skills, teamwork, communication and leadership. These are of paramount importance in the acute situation. However it is often difficult to formally work on these dynamics in the stress of the real life situation.
Simulation allows the clinical teams to focus on these skills in a low risk setting but still within their daily working environment.
Dr Richard Hearn
Consultant in Neonatology