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Findings on Critical Care Medicine Detailed by Investigators at University of British Columbia

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- New research on Critical Care Medicine is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Vancouver, Canada, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Advances in Internet technology now enable unprecedented global collaboration and collective knowledge exchange. Up to this time, there have been limited efforts to use these technologies to actively promote knowledge exchange across the global pediatric critical care community."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of British Columbia, "To develop an open-access, peer-reviewed, not-for-profit Internet-based learning application, OPENPediatrics, a collaborative effort with the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, was designed to promote postgraduate educational knowledge exchange for physicians, nurses, and others caring for critically ill children worldwide. Description of program development. International multicenter tertiary pediatric critical care units across six continents. Multidisciplinary pediatric critical care providers. A software application, providing information on demand, curricular pathways, and videoconferencing, downloaded to a local computer. In 2010, a survey assessing postgraduate educational needs was distributed through World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies to constituent societies. Four hundred and twenty-nine critical care providers from 49 countries responded to the single e-mail survey request. Respondents included 68% physicians and 28% nurses who care for critically ill children. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported accessing the Internet at least weekly to obtain professional educational information. The five highest requests were for educational content on respiratory care [mechanical ventilation] (48% [38%]), sepsis (28%), neurology (25%), cardiology (14%), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (10%), and ethics (8%). Based on these findings, and in collaboration with researchers in adult learning and online courseware, an application was developed and is currently being used by 770 registered users in 60 countries. We describe here the development and implementation of an Internet-based application which is among the first efforts designed to promote global knowledge exchange for physicians and nurses caring for critically ill children. This application has the potential to evolve new methods in postgraduate education."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Ongoing assessment of the efficacy of Internet-based learning platforms will be necessary."

For more information on this research see: The Development of an Internet-Based Knowledge Exchange Platform for Pediatric Critical Care Clinicians Worldwide. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2014;15(3):197-205. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins -; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T.A. Wolbrink, University of British Columbia, Dept. of Pediat, Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5, Canada. Additional authors for this research include N. Kissoon and J.P. Burns (see also Critical Care Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Canada, Vancouver, Pediatrics, British Columbia, Critical Care Medicine, North and Central America

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Source: Health & Medicine Week

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