Transfer of simulated lumbar puncture training to the clinical setting

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: To show that with a combination of evidence-based didactic and hands-on skill demonstration, pediatric interns will be able to correctly perform lumbar punctures (LPs) on neonates in the actual clinical setting. METHODS: Twenty-three pediatric and internal medicine/pediatric first year residents attended a 1-hour course during their orientation. The course consisted of an evidence-based presentation, reviewing anatomy, indications, complications, and techniques for performing LPs, including a video presentation, followed by hands-on practice of LPs. All interns were anonymously surveyed preintervention and postintervention. The survey results were compared for each learner. After the intervention, interns were individually assessed by a single investigator using a standardized checklist during an LP of an actual pediatric patient during their first year of residency. RESULTS: Pretest and posttest knowledge improved by approximately 12% (P < 0.05). Preintervention confidence and experience were low among learners. Twenty-one of 23 interns completed a follow-up assessment of an LP on an actual pediatric patient. The average on the assessment was 9.7 ± 1.1 of 11 (88% ± 10%). The average number of LP attempts was 1.4 ± 0.5. The steps most frequently missed were preparing the SUPPL.ies and performing the LP with the bevel of the needle parallel to the spinal ligament, with only 48% of interns performing each of these steps correctly. CONCLUSIONS: A task trainer-based course improved the confidence and knowledge about an important pediatric procedure. This confidence and knowledge can translate to actual clinical practice. Further investigations are necessary to support this knowledge and skill translation. Copyright © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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    Author List

  • White ML; Jones R; Zinkan L; Tofil NM
  • Start Page

  • 1009
  • End Page

  • 1012
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 10