Peripheral Venous Line Placement “Procedural Simulation vs. Standardized Patient” : Randomized Trial
The placement of a peripheral venous line (PVL) is a procedure that all healthcare providers must be able to perform because it is the first procedure performed for any patient admitted to the hospital.
Procedural simulation on mannequin arms is an appropriate way to learn how to place a PVL. Medical simulation puts the learner in an immersive environment.
The standardized patient is a volunteer who has been trained to simulate the history of a real patient and to replicate the patient’s clinical signs, personality, body language and emotions
Therefore, The MSC has started its first randomized trial of medical simulation education on February 2nd,2022. This trial compares two medical simulation techniques: “Mannequin arm versus standardized patient“ to identify the best learning method to perform a peripheral venous line by evaluating the success rate at the first attempt, the time taken to place the catheter, the number of attempts to succeed and the respect of asepsis.
This trial is designed for 2nd year nursing students of Honoris United Universities (Centrale santé, Upsat Tunis, Upsat Sousse, and Upsat Sfax). Each student will perform both techniques in the same session in a randomly selected order. The main outcome measure is a successful catheterization after the second attempt.
This trial was approved by the Ethics committee of Charles Nicolle Hospital in Tunis and has been registered in the Pan-African clinical trials registry. Identification number of the registry: PACTR 202111766112898