Intubation competence during neonatal fellowship training

Peter Evans, Justine Shults, Danielle D. Weinberg, Natalie Napolitano, Anne Ades, Lindsay Johnston, Orly Levit, Brianna Brei, Jeanne Krick, Taylor Sawyer, Kristen Glass, Michelle Wile, Janice Hollenberg, Jennifer Rumpel, Ahmed Moussa, Alexandra Verreault, Ayman Abou Mehrem, Alexandra Howlett, Julie McKanna, Akira NishisakiElizabeth E. Foglia

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OBJECTIVES: To characterize neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows’ progression toward neonatal intubation procedural competence during fellowship training. METHODS: Multi-center cohort study of neonatal intubation encounters performed by neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows between 2014 through 2018 at North American academic centers in the National Emergency Airway Registry for Neonates. Cumulative sum analysis was used to characterize progression of individual fellows’ intubation competence, defined by an 80% overall success rate within 2 intubation attempts. We employed multivariable analysis to assess the independent impact of advancing quarter of fellowship training on intubation success. RESULTS: There were 2297 intubation encounters performed by 92 fellows in 8 hospitals. Of these, 1766 (77%) were successful within 2 attempts. Of the 40 fellows assessed from the start of training, 18 (45%) achieved procedural competence, and 12 (30%) exceeded the deficiency threshold. Among fellows who achieved competence, the number of intubations to meet this threshold was variable, with an absolute range of 8 to 46 procedures. After adjusting for patient and practice characteristics, advancing quarter of training was independently associated with an increased odds of successful intubation (adjusted odds ratio: 1.10; 95% confidence interval 1.07–1.14). CONCLUSIONS: The number of neonatal intubations required to achieve procedural competence is variable, and overall intubation competence rates are modest. Although repetition leads to skill acquisition for many trainees, some learners may require adjunctive educational strategies. An individualized approach to assess trainees’ progression toward intubation competence is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2020036145
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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