Research

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The KidSIM-ASPIRE (Assessing Simulation in Pediatrics: Improving Resuscitation Events) Simulation Research Program at Alberta Children’s Hospital was established to bring together an interprofessional group of Alberta-based leaders in clinical care, research methodology, education, human factors and psychology interested in improving the delivery of healthcare to sick infants and children.

The goal of the program is to conduct innovative, high-quality, simulation based research to inform healthcare providers, administrators and families of best practices, which will optimize pediatric patient outcomes from illness. As lifesaving treatment in pediatric patients involves effective interprofessional care, we strive to conduct single and multicenter studies which involve various professions (nursing, respiratory therapy, paramedics, physicians etc) in order to optimize the impact of our research on patients.


Our team has developed a solid foundation to address the main objectives of the acute and life-saving care pillar of the Alberta Children's Hospital. Studies are formulated to identify novel and innovative methods of healthcare delivery in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency of care. In our collaborative research model, we also aim to facilitate the academic growth of young investigators and trainees by exposing them to established mentors both locally and worldwide and nurturing the skills necessary to become successful researchers.

For a complete list of research activities download the KidSIM Annual Report.

Research Pillars

The members of the KidSIM-ASPIRE team identified priorities and action items to help the collaborative achieve its research goals. The results of this consensus process helped to inform the development of the 6 key KidSIM-ASPIRE research pillars, each with a specific aim for research.

FCC

FAMILY
CENTERED CARE

Design and evaluate unique simulation-based training opportunities for families of pediatric patients to help enhance the care they provide to their children in the home environment.

Team Training

TEAM
TRAINING

Develop, assess and implement innovative techniques for team training in order to improve life-saving care for pediatric patients.

Hospital Staff

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Assess and evaluate the impact of various models of interprofessional
training on healthcare provider skills, knowledge and behaviors.

CPR

CPR &
CARDIAC ARREST

Develop, assess and implement novel techniques for improving CPR
and care of pediatric patients suffering from cardiac arrest.

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE RESUSCITATION ROOM

Develop and study new technology designed to interact with healthcare providers in the resuscitation environment to improve process of care and patient outcomes.

Debriefing

DEBRIEFING AND
FEEDBACK

Evaluate existing and new methods of post-simulation and postresuscitation
debriefing for the purposes of improving healthcare provider performance and patient outcomes.