How can newborn ventilation be improved? The Safer Births partnership, a collaboration of midwives, doctors, researchers and developers from Tanzania and Norway, believes the key to improvement is with frequent training. From March 18 to 20, 2015, key stakeholders gathered in Stavanger to discuss training concepts, real life experiences, equipment opportunities, and recent research, all related to newborn ventilation. Through workshops and case studies, it was concluded that the 4 key areas of improvement during newborn resuscitation are: prioritizing tasks, team work and collaboration, decision making, and skill training. Moving forwards, the group in Norway will follow up with providing sustainable training solutions that the group returning to Tanzania can effectively implement.
On Wednesday, 5 midwives and 1 researched produced a ventilation training instruction video which was filmed in the Laerdal film studio. The purpose was not to make a final instruction video for educational use, but to see if this would be embraced as a useful teaching tool. The video was presented on Thursday to all meeting participants, and general opinion was that this could be a very good tool in a ventilation training setting, especially because the content and quality of instructions would be standardized for all students, and independent of different instructor’s different skills.
Many different equipment and training combinations were evaluated by the midwives and doctors. Overall, they prioritized having training equipment that was adjustable for different levels of difficulty and that gave feedback to the user based on performance. It was also important that it could be used in a realistic scenario, including movement of the manikin from bedside at birth to the resuscitation table.