Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Resident of Neonatology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Subspecialist in Neonatology, Professor of Pediatrics Dept., School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Subspecialist in Neonatology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Dept., School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


  Background & Objective : Many cases of neonatal deaths which are caused by asphyxia could be prevented by appropriate resuscitation Successful resuscitation depends on several factors including the skill of nurses and midwives involved in taking care of sick neonates   Methods : In this study 88 nurses and midwives in Kerman Province Hospitals participated and all completed an 11hour neonatal resuscitation course Among the participants 25 were selected for the based line survey After five months all of them sat for a theoretical and practical test including nine stations   Results : Five months after the workshop the mean theoretical and practical scores of the participants in different hospitals showed a significant difference (P=00001) Scores of the practical test varied in different stations The highest score belonged to “neonates tactile stimulation” while the lowest was given to “resuscitating a non vigorous meconium stained neonate” There was a weak inverse yet significant relationship between age and the time past from graduation with the practical score (P=0035 r=023 and P=0017 and r=025 respectively) Practicing on mannequin and studying the provided notes on resuscitation led to getting a significantly higher score (P=00001 and P=0046 respectively)   Conclusion : This study shows that teaching resuscitation alone may not guarantee skill in people Maintaining resuscitation skill is influenced by factors such as age job status practicing on mannequin and participation in neonatal resuscitation


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