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Perinatal emergency multidisciplinary simulation: identifying latent errors and improving communication between teams

Perinatal medicine requires a multidisciplinary approach with teams working in synchrony to achieve optimal outcomes. In the wake of the Ockenden report,1 a multidisciplinary perinatal simulation programme was designed and introduced at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, aiming to improve teamworking, interdisciplinary communication and ultimately, patient outcomes. The design and implementation of the programme followed by preliminary findings are presented in this article. These include the key learning outcomes, latent errors and the influence on teamworking and current practice.

Catherine Jane Douch
Paediatric Registrar and Teaching Fellow
Corresponding author - full author details in TABLE 1.

Work attributed to: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Douch C.J., Sein E., Chow L.Y., Bayer A.S., Quiambao A.M., Patel D.S. Perinatal emergency multidisciplinary simulation: identifying latent errors and improving communication between teams Infant 2024;20(1):20-24.

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Key points
  1. With significant planning it is possible to integrate multidisciplinary perinatal simulation into departmental practice.
  2. This article can act as a guide for departments planning to initiate local multidisciplinary simulation programmes.
  3. Key learning outcomes focused on interdisciplinary teamworking, communication between disciplines, roles and responsibilities and environmental factors.

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