Initiation of a pediatric mock code program at a children's hospital

Academic Article


  • Background: Pediatric cardiopulmonary arrests are rare. Mock codes were instituted to bridge the gap between opportunity and reality. Aim: The goal was to improve medical caregivers' skills in pediatric resuscitation. Methods: All pediatric and internal medicine/pediatric (med/peds) residents were anonymously surveyed pre- and post-intervention about confidence level about codes and code skills. Twenty mock codes were conducted during the 1 year intervention period. Statistical comparisons were made between each resident pre- and post-survey, graduating third-year residents (PGY3s) prior to intervention versus PGY3s with mock codes and pediatric versus med/peds residents. Results: All residents significantly improved in their perception of overall skill level during the study (p < 0.0001). PGY3s were significantly more confident in their skills than PGY2s or PGY1s and PGY2s were significantly more confident than PGY1s both pre- and post-mock codes (p < 0.0001). Med/peds residents were significantly more confident in their skills than pediatric residents both pre- (p 0.041) and post-intervention (p 0.016). The two skills with the lowest score post-intervention were the ability to place an interosseous line and the ability to manage cardiac dysrhythmias. Conclusions: Pediatric mock codes can improve resident confidence and self-assessment of their resuscitation skills. Data from surveys such as this can be used to design future skill-based educational initiatives. © 2009 Informa Healthcare Ltd.
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  • Medical Teacher  Journal
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    Author List

  • Tofil NM; Lee White M; Manzella B; McGill D; Zinkan L
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 6