The transition to NeoResus: Evaluation of a standardised, multidisciplinary training programme for newborn resuscitation

RA Boland , M Barnett, G Brown, W Capell, R McNeill, D Haynes, J Leigh, J McAlpine, D Patterson, N Roy, J Shaw, MJ Stewart

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Background: A resuscitation review committee at Eastern Health identified the lack of a standardised newborn resuscitation programme as a key factor in a series of adverse events. Following discussion with the Victorian Newborn Resuscitation Project Executive (VNRP), both parties agreed to undertake a pilot in newborn resuscitation training utilising the VNRP’s newly developed NeoResus programme.Method: A Facilitators workshop was held for 21 senior Eastern Health staff in September 2009. Supported by staff from NETS Education, Eastern Health facilitators coordinated 16 “First Response” multidisciplinary programmes over 12 months at three Eastern Health sites. Each programme was evaluated by the participants.Results: 280 participants attended a First Response programme. Attendees comprised : 140 Midwives (50%), 49 Registered Nurses (17.5%), 14 HMO’s (5%), 8 Anaesthetists (3%), 8 Medical students (3%), 6 Emergency Department Medical staff (2%), 6 Student Midwives (2%), 3 Obstetricians (1%), 2 Nurse Educators (0.7%), 2 GP Obstetricians (0.7%), 2 O & G Registrars (0.7%), 1 VMO (0.35%) and a further 39 staff (14%) who did not identify their profession. 78% of participants completed an evaluation of the programme. 98% of participants reported feeling more confi dent in providing first response interventions and 99% reported that they believed their first response skills had improved having undertaken the NeoResus programme.Conclusions: A pilot programme facilitated by NETS with staff from Eastern Health has seen 280 participants attend a NeoResus “First Response” programme over 12 months. The NeoResus programme has enabled Eastern Health to standardise neonatal resuscitation training across three sites.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Congress of the Perinatal-Society-of-Australia-and-New-Zealand 2011 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 Apr 201113 Apr 2011
Conference number: 15th


ConferenceAnnual Congress of the Perinatal-Society-of-Australia-and-New-Zealand 2011
Abbreviated titlePSANZ 2011

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