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J Nurses Prof Dev. 2019 Jan/Feb;35(1):E1-E7. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000495.

Applying the Pit Crew Resuscitation Model to the Inpatient Care Setting.

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James D. Colquitt Jr., PhD, RRT-ACCS, CHSOS, is Assistant Professor/Medical Simulationist, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia. Angela B. Walker, MSN, RN-BC, is Nurse Educator Specialist, Medical Center Navicent Health, Macon, Georgia. Nancy S. Haney, AAS, NREMT-A, is Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Center Navicent Health, Macon, Georgia.


The Pit Crew Resuscitation model for team performance was designed to facilitate emergency team performance. This article documents observations during model implementation to the in-hospital setting. Low-fidelity simulations were evaluated on medical-surgical nursing units. Six significant findings were obtained: finder confusion, first responder chaos, leaderless teams, equipment disorder, limited space, and disjointed integration. Recommendations were developed and tested. Research is needed to develop training methods for in-hospital application.

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