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.
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 4 key KidSIM-ASPIRE research pillars, each with a specific aim for research.
& PATIENT SAFETY
Design and evaluate simulation-based interventions to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Assess and evaluate the cost effectiveness of simulation-based training in healthcare.
RESUSCITATION & CARDIAC ARREST
Develop and evaluate novel techniques and strategies for improving resuscitative care of pediatric patients suffering from cardiac arrest.