Objective To investigate whether simulation-based obstetric team training in a simulation centre improves patient outcome.
Design Multicentre, open, cluster randomised controlled trial.
Setting Obstetric units in the Netherlands.
Population Women with a singleton pregnancy beyond 24 weeks of gestation.
Methods Random allocation of obstetric units to a 1-day, multiprofessional, simulation-based team training focusing on crew resource management (CRM) in a simulation centre or to no such team training. Intention-to-treat analyses were performed at the cluster level, including a measurement 1 year prior to the intervention.
Main outcome measures Primary outcome was a composite outcome of obstetric complications during the first year postintervention, including low Apgar score, severe postpartum haemorrhage, trauma due to shoulder dystocia, eclampsia and hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. Maternal and perinatal mortality were also registered.
Results Each study group included 12 units with a median unit size of 1224 women, combining for a total of 28 657 women. In total, 471 medical professionals received the training course. The composite outcome of obstetric complications did not differ between study groups [odds ratio (OR) 1.0, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.80-1.3]. Teamtraining reduced trauma due to shoulder dystocia (OR 0.50, 95% CI 0.25-0.99) and increased invasive treatment for severe postpartumhaemorrhage (OR 2.2, 95% CI 1.2-3.9) compared with no intervention. Other outcomes did not differ between study groups.
Conclusion A 1-day, off-site, simulation-based team training, focusing on teamwork skills, did not reduce a composite of obstetric complications.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Bjog-an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2017|
- Multi-professional training
- obstetric care
- patient outcome
- team training
- teamwork skills
- SHOULDER DYSTOCIA
- DELIBERATE PRACTICE
- ADVERSE OUTCOMES