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Communication in family centred care

Non accidental injury of an infant

This interprofessional learning through simulation resource package consists of two components: an audiovisual resource and a supporting facilitator manual. In order to optimise the learning opportunities from this package it is recommended that participants are firstly introduced to the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care.

The audiovisual resource consists of two scenarios, the first demonstrating sub-optimal performance of the healthcare team, with the second demonstrating more effective performance, improving the patient experience. The package has been created in a format to enable flexibility in its application depending of the educational setting.

Recommended format

  1. Facilitator guided discussion around the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care
  2. View scenario 1 of the audiovisual resource
  3. Facilitator guided discussion around the scenario specific learning competency areas (samples given within manual)
  4. View scenario 2 of audiovisual resource
  5. Facilitator guided discussion, identifying and discussing the changes witnessed and how this resulted in an alternative outcome

Scenario brief

A three-month old baby has been admitted with brain insult resulting in uncontrolled life-threatening seizures. The baby is no longer making eye contact and has a poor suck reflex. The infant is on continuous naso-jejunal feeds and anti-epileptic medications and has been moved to the ward from the Intensive Care Unit in a stable condition. EEG and CT scans confirm brain insult.

A meeting has been scheduled with the parents, grandmother, hospital registrar and a child protection social worker to discuss the infant’s injuries and health status. The case involves suspected non-accidental injury from shaking and is perceived as potentially volatile. There is a history of domestic violence and drug use within the family.

Learning competencies

The specific interprofessional learning competency areas for this scenario are:

  • Perceptions and attitudes influencing practice
  • Client / family centred care
  • Interprofessional communication

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