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Performance and Stress During Full Scale Simulator Training

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Technische Universität Dresden Identifier:
First received: June 24, 2008
Last updated: June 25, 2008
Last verified: June 2008
In Intensive Care Medicine, critical incidents are not rare and may result in fatal outcome. High fidelity patient simulators are commonly used in training curricula for healthcare professionals especially in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and intensive care medicine. Several different course concepts have previously been published. As we know from recently published data, up to 80% of all critical incidents in the field of medicine are caused by human error. The authors of the present study aimed to investigate the effects of two different course concepts (one addressing technical skills in intensive care medicine and on addressing non-technical skills) on stress and performance. Stress and performance are measured in a pre-intervention and a post-intervention testing scenario.

Condition Intervention
Performance in Simulated Emergencies Stress During Simulator Scenario Behaviour of Physicians in Simulated Emergencies Other: Medical simulator training Other: Simulator based crew resource management course

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Official Title: Excellence in Performance and Stress Reduction During Two Different Full Scale Simulator Training Courses: A Pilot Study

Further study details as provided by Technische Universität Dresden:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Performance in simulated emergencies (medical performance and non-technical skills)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Stress in simulated emergencies (measured by salivary amylase and cortisol levels)

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: April 2005
Study Completion Date: October 2005
Primary Completion Date: October 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Classic one-day simulator training for intensivists.
Other: Medical simulator training
Contains seminars on airway management, general anesthesia, peri-arrest arrhythmias, and advanced life support. Furthermore, participants train in simulator scenarios. In the debriefing instructors discuss management of the critical incidents using videotapes of the scenarios.
Experimental: 2
Crew resource management training
Other: Simulator based crew resource management course
Contains seminars on human error and non-technical skills. Furthermore, participants train in simulator scenarios. In the debriefing instructors discuss usage of non-technical skills as well as behaviour of the participants using videotapes of the scenarios.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Physician with experience in intensive care medicine.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No experience in intensive care medicine
  • previously taken part in simulator training
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00704470

Interdisciplinary Medical Simulation Centre, University Hospital Dresden
Dresden, Germany, 01307
Sponsors and Collaborators
Technische Universität Dresden
Principal Investigator: Michael P Mueller, MD Director of Simulation Centre, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Dresden
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Dr. Michael Mueller, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Technology, Dresden Identifier: NCT00704470     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EK261122004
Study First Received: June 24, 2008
Last Updated: June 25, 2008

Keywords provided by Technische Universität Dresden:
Patient Simulation
Education, Medical, Continuing
Education, Medical, Graduate

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