INSPIRE Provides Support to Healthcare Simulation Pediatric Reseachers
INSPIRE, aka The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research & Education provides feedback to members on research related to research in healthcare simulation. The team has been growing steadily since launching in 2011.
Who is Inspire?
INSPIRE is built around novice and expert researchers, educators, and clinicians who are interested in collaborating across the globe to improve the care delivered to all neonates, infants, and children, using simulation. Our membership and institutions have been steadily growing, and we represent 6 of the 7 continents. The INSPIRE infrastructure and logistical support comes from funds from both the RBaby Foundation & the Laerdal Foundation. We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the support in carrying out our mission.
The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) network was formed in 2011 through the merger of the examining pediatric resuscitation education through simulation and scripting (EXPRESS) and patient outcomes in simulation education (POISE) networks, and is supported by the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine and the RBaby Foundation. INSPIRE’s membership is international (North America, Europe, Middle East, and Australia) and includes 112 institutions. INSPIRE seeks to improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children through research in pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioral skills, and simulation-based education. INSPIRE investigators have 15 studies planned, ongoing, or completed in areas including debriefing methods, teamwork, and simulation instruction in procedural and psychomotor skills, as well as simulation studies of clinical innovations. For example, the improving pediatric acute care through simulation (IMPACTS) study has developed and validated cases to study care of simulated infants by different emergency department teams; site enrollment has begun, with an anticipation that 32 hospitals will be involved (INSPIRE)
INSPIRE’s Executive Committee reviews and approves proposals, and develops policies and procedures for the network. An external Network Advisory Board provides counsel on study conduct and publications. INSPIRE has a consultative submission process (to obtain consultation to inform a submission) as well as a new project submission process. INSPIRE proposals with external support are expected to allocate 0.1 FTE for administrative support of the network (INSPIRE).