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Acta Paediatr. 2009 Apr;98(4):636-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.01176.x. Epub 2008 Dec 19.

Training neonatal skills with simulators?

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Centro de Simulação Biomédica, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.



To compare two different ways of learning (self-study vs. simulation sessions) the adequate steps to resuscitate a neonate in the 5th year undergraduate medical curriculum.


One hundred and eighty students attending the 5-week paediatrics rotation were enrolled; 115 were invited to participate in this study, but only 45 students completed it. After a 50-min 'neonatal resuscitation' theoretical interactive class, students were randomly assigned into two groups: the first (n = 21) participated in a 30-min supervised self-study session, while the second (n = 24) attended a 30-min neonatal resuscitation session using the Zoe (Gaumard Inc., Miami, FL, USA) simulator.


Tests consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions were taken before the theoretical class (pre-theoretical test), before the self-study or simulation session (pre-test) and after this session (post-test). Pre-test and post-test scores were similar in both groups (p = 0.118 and p = 0.263, respectively).


Simulation-based training of medical students in management of neonatal resuscitation do not led to significant differences on short-term knowledge comparing with traditional method.

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