Postresuscitation debriefing in the pediatric emergency department: A national needs assessment

Canadian Pediatric Simulation Network (CPSN) Debriefing Consensus Group

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Results: Data were analyzed from 183 participants (48.7% response rate). Although 88.8% of the participants believed that debriefing is an important process, 52.5% indicated that debriefing after real resuscitations occurs less than 25% of the time and 68.3% indicated that no expectation exists for PRD at their institution. Although 83.7% of participants believed that facilitators should have a specific skill set developed through formal training sessions, 63.4% had no previous training in debriefing. Seventy-two percent felt that medical and crisis resource management issues are dealt with adequately when PRD occurs, and 90.4% indicated that ED workload and time shortages are major barriers to effective debriefing. Most responded that a debriefing tool to guide facilitators might aid in multiple skills, such as creating realistic debriefing objectives and providing feedback with good judgment.

Objectives: The objectives of this study were to assess current postresuscitation debriefing (PRD) practices in Canadian pediatric emergency departments (EDs) and identify areas for improvement.

Methods: A national needs assessment survey was conducted to collect information on current PRD practices and perspectives on debriefing practice in pediatric EDs. A questionnaire was distributed to ED nurses, fellows, and attending physicians at 10 pediatric tertiary care hospitals across Canada. Summary statistics are reported.

Conclusion: PRD in Canadian pediatric EDs occurs infrequently, although most health care providers agreed on its importance and the need for skilled facilitators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


  • Debriefing
  • Emergency department
  • Pediatrics
  • Resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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