Excellence in Communication and Emergency Leadership (ExCEL): Pediatric Critical Care Resource Utilization Workshop for Residents

Robyn Wing, Hoi See Tsao, Marie Carillo, Laura Mercurio, Meghan Beucher, Linda Brown, Mariann Nocera Kelley

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Introduction: Efficiently locating critical equipment and prompt defibrillator usage are crucial steps when managing a critically ill patient or a code. However, resident experience in this area is limited. This workshop focused on the identification of critical care equipment in the pediatric code cart and transport bag along with timely, appropriate, and effective use of the defibrillator when needed. Methods: The workshop utilized a combination of traditional didactics and hands-on skills stations to instruct learners on the location of pediatric critical care equipment and the proper use of a defibrillator. It was designed for residents across all levels of training who care for pediatric patients (including pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, triple board [pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry], family medicine, and emergency medicine residents) and can be adapted for different session durations and group sizes. Results: This workshop was conducted at two separate institutions, with a total of 95 resident participant encounters. Participants strongly agreed that the workshop was effective in teaching our learning objectives. Residents reported high levels of confidence in their ability to recognize and identify the location of critical care equipment in the code cart and transport bags and to appropriately use the defibrillator for both defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion. Discussion: This workshop provided residents with instruction and practice in locating and utilizing pediatric critical care equipment. The structure and timetable of this curriculum can be adapted to the needs of individual institutions' programs and different numbers of workshop participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11268
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - 2022


  • Clinical/Procedural Skills Training
  • Code Cart
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Defibrillator Use
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Transport Bag

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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