The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ESTABLISHING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TEACHING BMV TO ENTRY LEVEL RT STUDENTS: A COMPARISON OF TRADITIONAL AND SIMULATION ENHANCED TRAINING METHODOLOGY.

Madhuragauri Shevade, Viva J. Siddall; Respiratory Care, Rush University, Chicago, IL

Background: Managing the airway by bag mask ventilation (BMV) is one of the basic skill requirements for a respiratory therapist as put forth by the American association of respiratory care. [1] There is a paucity of research that reports the effects of simulation enhanced training for respiratory therapists. The purpose of this quantitative and qualitative study was to determine if a simulation enhanced education activity is more effective for training techniques of BMV than traditional lecture in a population of entry level respiratory therapy students. Methods: IRB approval was secured for this study. A prospective randomized waitlist controlled study design was used. After baseline assessment was complete the study volunteers were randomly selected into the intervention and control arm. The intervention consisted of PowerPoint lecture supported with video followed by demonstration with part task trainers. Time was built in for the learners to engage in focused repetitive practice supported by timely feedback. Following the intervention a post assessment was conducted. Assessment data was collected via a cognitive test, an affective survey and psychomotor skills check list conducted in a high fidelity simulation center. After the study was complete the control group was offered the intervention. Results: There was no difference between Group A and B pre/post cognitive scores. There was no difference between the groups affective self reported assessment pre/post. The psychomotor skills test results for Group A pre assessment had a mean of 16% (0-62%) and a post mean of 79% (61-92%) showing a 64% improvement in proficiency compared to group B pre mean of 40% (1-92%) and post 49% (15-77%) showing a 10% improvement. Conclusion: Learners that participated in a simulation enhanced training activity performed better than learners who received traditional didactic lecture alone on the psychomotor skills assessment. Sponsored Research - None