Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership: help wanted

Katie Evans
Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership Project Co-ordinator and Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chris Gale
Academic Neonatologist and Neonatal Society Meeting Secretary

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high-fidelity in situ neonatal simulation training; latent safety threats; crisis resource management skills; quality improvement
Key points
  1. High-fidelity in situ neonatal simulation training on the neonatal unit helps develop technical and crisis resource management skills and can also identify latent threats in a system.
  2. Once latent safety threats are identified, it is possible to implement a process to mitigate them.
  3. Successful translation of mitigation processes to real-life scenarios indicates effective training and a patient-safe environment.

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