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Program Day Information


On your scheduled day, we will arrive at your facility between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. with a start time of 8:00 a.m. for the morning session and 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon session.  We will conduct 3 to 4 scenarios per session. Each scenario lasts between 5-15 minutes and is followed by a debriefing. The total time of each session is usually 2½ to 3 hours.

To maximize learning opportunities for your staff and allow for a more realistic experience, we request:

  • Team size and make up be representative of a normal team that would respond to pediatric emergencies at your hospital. This team usually includes nurses, physicians, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, etc. If more staff members wish to participate than the normal team size, we can accommodate by swapping out participants in the scenarios with additional staff observing.
  • Team members participating be free from clinical duties for the duration of the session. Participants should only attend one session, as simulation cases performed are the same in both sessions.    
  • The use of a typical patient room for the simulation sessions. These would include your facility’s trauma bay, resuscitation room or inpatient room. In the event the room is needed for an actual patient, we can quickly pack up and be out of the room.
  • The use of the medical supplies available to care for pediatric patients in your facility. Items opened in the morning session can be reused in the afternoon.  Ideally, the staff will also be allowed to open your code cart. We will provide any simulated medications your staff requests as long as it is available at your hospital.

Follow Up

Following the simulation day, we will analyze the data obtained from our visit and format it into a report for you to review. It will the results of the pediatric readiness assessment, objective data related to team performance during the simulation sessions (we do not include any team members by name as this is an assessment of your institution, not your staff) and identified opportunities for improvement. We will contact you to schedule a time to discuss the report and discuss potential action items to improve pediatric care at your hospital via a video or phone conference call. We are happy to assist you in completing action items identified to improve pediatric care at your hospital.

Contact Hours

Children’s of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Children’s of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This program has been approved for 3.6 nursing continuing education contact hours by Children’s of Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing as a provider of continuing education in nursing (provider number ABNP0133; expiration 3/31/2025) as well as the Northeast Multistate Division (provider number 5-173; expiration 9/14/2025).

Need more information? You can reach us at 205-638-6669 or COACHES@childrensal.org.