In Israeli emergency departments, pediatric residents are allowed to independently perform procedural sedation after training. Preparing the residents to practice unsupervised sedations requires participation in a simulation-based training in patient safety during sedation (STPSDS). The study objective was to evaluate participants’ perception of knowledge and confidence from the STPSDS. We performed a retrospective analysis of participants’ self-reported perception of knowledge acquisition. At the end of each course, participants were requested to rate, anonymously and independently, the training contribution to their knowledge and confidence using a four-point Likert scale. Between January 2010 and December 2017, 321 pediatric residents participated in 67 STPSDS courses; 315 completed the self-assessments. Participants’ median responses of the training contribution were 4 (IQR 3–4) for overall knowledge, 4 (IQR 4–4) for understanding potential complications during sedation, 3 (IQR 3–4) for knowledge in managing adverse events, and 3 (IQR 2–4) for knowledge in practicing safe sedation. Median response for contribution to participants’ confidence in performing sedation was 3 (IQR 3–4). Conclusion: We found that the STPSDS improved perception of knowledge and confidence among pediatric residents. Our findings suggest that this training has a valuable role in preparing pediatric residents to practice unsupervised sedations in the ED.What is Known:• In Israel, sedation-trained pediatric residents performed sedations in the Emergency Department• Successful completion of a simulation-based training in patient safety during sedation (STPSDS) is a mandatory requirement to perform unsupervised sedation.What is New:• The STPSDS improved perception of knowledge and confidence among pediatric residents.• This training may be valuable in preparing pediatric residents to practice unsupervised sedations.
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