Salt Lake City,
We propose to develop and evaluate an interactive education software for administering
moderate sedation by non-anesthesiologists.
The course will be founded upon JCAHO's and ASA's guidelines for sedation, emphasizing the
concepts with animations, audio, scenarios, and quizzes. Interactive feedback will be
incorporated to guide the clinician during the course. The course will be offered
commercially over the World Wide Web, with successful completion providing continuing
medical education (CME) credit. It will fulfill JCAHO recommended guidelines. In a
controlled simulated environment, the hypothesis that the web based training protocol will
provide the practitioner the knowledge base necessary to manage the four scenarios as well
or better than practitioners completing the standard moderate sedation certification course
will be tested.
1) Evaluate the effectiveness of the course. The University of Utah Center for Patient
Simulation is an ideal environment to evaluate the efficacy of a web-based training course.
The new web-based course will be compared to standard course material and lessons. We will
recruit 40 nurses who administer moderate sedation at the University of Utah Health Sciences
Center. Half of the nurses will receive traditional training (typical course and guidelines
published from the literature), and half will receive the web-based course. Users will be
tested on their knowledge of moderate sedation with four moderate sedation scenarios, in
which the simulated patient experiences over-sedation, apnea, and excessive pain.
- general nursing staff at the University of Utah
- currently required to obtain moderate sedation training
- an equal basis all clinicians in the respective departments
- nurses and other personnel who do not administer moderate sedation