The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is the curriculum used to teach providers how to
care for newborns in the delivery room. Breakdowns in teamwork and communication contribute
to NRP quality problems. Adding teamwork instruction to NRP may be a method to improve
communication, teamwork, and the overall quality of neonatal resuscitation. This study uses
simulation to incorporate team training into NRP and to evaluate both the effectiveness and
duration of the team training. Furthermore, because high fidelity simulation is very
expensive and not widely available, we will compare NRP with low fidelity team training to
NRP with high fidelity team training.
Our hypotheses are:
1. NRP with low fidelity team training results in a) better teamwork, and b) better quality
of care compared with standard NRP.
2. NRP with high fidelity team training does not result in better teamwork or better
quality of care than NRP with low fidelity simulation.
3. NRP with high fidelity team training does not produce a longer lasting effect on
teamwork than NRP with low fidelity simulation.
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Eric J Thomas, MD, MPH
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston