Porcine Maintenance of Skills: ATLS Concepts & Procedure Lab Porcine Maintenance of Skills: ATLS Concepts & Procedure Lab

April 18, 2024

Critical pediatric-specific procedures are rarely performed in both large, academic pediatric-only Emergency Departments and combined Level 1 adult/pediatric Level 1 trauma centers.  As clinical work does not expose PEM providers to situations where these skills can be maintained, simulation has attempted to bridge the gap in skill sustainment for these low volume, high-risk events.  

Previous studies have described various levels of realism and practitioner confidence with the use of different models in medical simulation including mannequins, simulated patients, and cadavers, each of these models with their own advantages and disadvantages.  Previously literature suggests that dead porcine models provide the most appropriate balance between low administrative and cost burden and realistic medical interventions. Learners have also reported that the dead porcine model specifically provided adequate psychomotor training and tactile feedback, both necessary components in developing competency in performing critical invasive procedures on patients. 

Given the medical realism at a low cost combined with the paucity of real-world exposure to necessary procedural volume to maintain skills , this model will be used for pediatric emergency medicine learners. 

Target Audience

Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians and fellows. 

Learning Objectives

  • Review ATLS and associated live-saving, high-acuity/low-frequency procedures 
  • Evaluate performance of high-acuity/low-frequency procedures on dead porcine models
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/18/2024 - 12:00pm MDT
Event ends: 
04/18/2024 - 1:00pm MDT
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

Andrew Krack, MD, MS CHCO
Assistant Professor of Peds
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Andrew Oh, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates
Atlanta, GA 

Eric de la Cruz
Surgical Critical Care, Advocate Health Care,
Libertyville, IL


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Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.00 Attendance


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