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Cureus. 2020 Jan 8;12(1):e6604. doi: 10.7759/cureus.6604.

Development of a Cost-Effective Pediatric Intubation Task Trainer for Rural Medical Education.

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Medical Education and Simulation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, CAN.
Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, CAN.


Pediatric intubation and airway management (PIAM) is a life-saving, emergent procedure that is performed by a variety of healthcare practitioners. Securing the pediatric airway in a time-sensitive fashion is a specialized skill that declines with lack of practice, leading to a precarious gap in clinical competency and healthcare delivery. However, current training models for PIAM, such as live animals, human cadavers, and simulators, are not adequately accessible or reliable due to their combination of high cost, unrealistic simulation, lack of standardization, and ethical concerns. Task trainers pose an ethically and fiscally sustainable training model for experiential learning through repetitive practice, which has been shown to dramatically improve trainee proficiency and confidence in performing high-acuity low-occurrence procedures such as pediatric intubation. This work aims to report the development process and initial validation evidence of a prototype cost-effective pediatric intubation task trainer that can be used for post-graduate education, especially in resource-challenged settings.


3d printing; airway management; anaesthesia; emergency medicine; intubation; medical education; pediatric; simulation; task-trainer; training

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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