Dear Members of the List:
We are planning a procedures lab for training our RN's and RRT's in advance-
directed pediatric transport. Included in the teaching session will be needle
thoracostomy and chest tube placement. Other than live (anesthetized) animals
as models, does anyone have other ideas? I was told about using a rack of
ribs from the butcher, but does dead, cold, contracted muscle adequately
simulate the "real thing"?. I know, actually needling the chest or placing a
chest tube on transport for a tension PTX is a VERY rare event...do you even
bother teaching this procedure to your staff?
Similarly, are chicken legs still the"best" for simulating IO's?
Clearly $$, time, and availability are all factors being considered...
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Scott Freedman MD
Pediatric Transport Program
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Jacksonville, FL 32207
e-mail: SSFreedman @aol.com
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