Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Simulation-based curriculum development and team training for neonatal transport: a Canadian experience

The transport of critically ill newborns requires a highly competent team with proven skills for caring for sick neonates. Simulation provides an opportunity to allow transport team members to both acquire and maintain skills specific to their role. This article will shed light on the importance of simulation training for neonatal and paediatric transport teams as well as provide a practical approach to building a transport simulation programme.

Wail Seleem1

Debbie Fraser2,3
MN, CNEON(C), Associate Professor, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Ganesh Srinivasan1

Michael Narvey1
MD, Associate Professor, Medical Director of the Child Health Transport Team

1Department of Neonatology, Health Sciences Center, University of Manitoba, Canada
2Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University, Canada
3NICU, St Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada

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simulation; neonatal transport; teamwork; education
Key points
  1. Deliberate practice of a skill with constructive feedback is critical to building expertise and mastery.
  2. High-fidelity simulation for transport team training improves team members' confidence in clinical and communication abilities.
  3. Creating a simulation programme curriculum takes time and resources. An organised approach will ensure success.

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