Promoting Knowledge and Practical Skills of Interns in Transport of Critically Ill Patients: Small Group Teaching Method
Background: Transport of the critically ill patient is potentially risky and the transport team should be careful in making decision and be prepared to deal with them in any condition. Our physicians are not qualified in safe transport. We want to evaluate the effect of small group teaching method for promotion of physicians' skills in transport of critically ill patients.
Methods: In an interventional study, 161 interns took part in one day workshop planned in small group system. Each participant under observation of an anesthesiologist in operation room and intensive care unit (ICU) was acquainted with mask ventilation, intubation and learned working with defibrillator, infusion pump, portable ventilator and pulse oximeter. Their knowledge and skill was scored by pre and post tests in all items.
Results: In our precipitants, 62 males and 99 females; training caused improvement in their abilities about care and monitoring of patient during transport. The offered training caused improvements in the interns’ knowledge and ability of intubation, ventilation and use of defibrillator and ventilator (P<0.005). The competency of males was better than females in laryngoscopy but progress of females was significantly better than males (P=0.003).
Conclusion: This method could promote knowledge and skill of interns in transport of critically ill patients.
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