All residents participate in our Resident Educational Sessions Using Simulation (RESUS) curriculum. Resident teams work together in a simulated setting to enhance their skills in pediatric resuscitation. Sessions, led by dedicated faculty members, provide skill-based training opportunities for common procedures such as IO and IV insertion, chest tube placement, and endotracheal intubation. Residents attend 2-4 RESUS sessions a year. Additionally, all interns are certified in PALS and NRP during Orientation and participate in a procedural workshop that reviews the basics of common pediatric procedures. In addition, interns on their NICU rotation will attend a three-hour skills lab during which they review neonatal intubation and umbilical catheter placement.
Mock codes occur weekly and are randomly called throughout the institution. Mock codes are an opportunity for the bedside team to recognize clinical deterioration and initiate proper procedures, as well as activating and transitioning to the code team when they respond. In addition, code team training occurs on a monthly basis, for both day and night shift. Code Team training sessions last 30 minutes and are focused on the code team functioning. So emphasis is placed on optimization of the code team, both from performance of individual roles, and the integration and function of the entire code team. All mock codes and code team training include a debriefing session.