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Minerva Pediatrica 2011 April;63(2):139-48

language: Italian

Apparent life threatening event (alte): the role of the training in the follow-up

Palmieri A. 1, Riccardi S. 1, Bergamino L. 2, Ciccone M. O. 1, Fornoni L. 3, Piccotti E. 1, Di Pietro P. 1

1 Unità Operativa di Pronto Soccorso , Medicina d’Urgenza e Osservazione DEA, Istituto G. Gaslini IRCCS, Genova, Italia;
2 I Scuola di Specializzazione in Pediatria, Università di Genova, Genova, Italia;
3 Scuola Vigilatrici d’Infanzia Lorenza Gaslini, Istituto G. Gaslini IRCCS, Genova, Italia;


AIM: The aim of this study was to give a support to the parents of the patients with apparent life threatening event (ALTE), to learn a correct management outside the protective environment of the hospital and a prevention such events.
METHODS: This was the 33rd edition of a training course called “Course of first aid and prevention of the accidents in infants”, in which the recommendations of the Italian cardiopulmonary resuscitation’s guidelines are treated. The course comprehended a short frontal lesson, a practice training and the compilation of a test to express one’s satisfaction about the received training, using a points assessment from 1 to 10.
RESULTS: The course included 385 participants (including any kind of person who may be in contact with infants) and 361 questionnaires were returned. Critical parameters were the scheme of teaching, the adequacy of contents, the teachers’ technical and behavioral abilities, the adequacy of time and the communicative capacity. The learners demonstrated pleasure in variable percentages from 98% to 100%. The 79% of the learners felt the necessity to have some training again later on.
CONCLUSION: Our positive experience allowed us to reflect about three concepts that we considered essential: communication, training and prevention. In fact, we think that prevention is infinitely potentiated from training and communication is its inalienable instrument.

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