The INSPIRE Network is the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education). In 2011, the INSPIRE network was formed from the merger of the EXPRESS and POISE simulation networks. Here is the current list of INSPIRE Network Institutions.
Our Vision: Improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioural skills, and simulation-based education
- Identify consensus research priorities
- Facilitate single and multicenter research projects
- Build expertise and knowledge
- Provide mentorship for new / novice investigators
- Promote an International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education
EXPRESS Network (Examining Pediatric Resuscitation Education through Simulation and Scripting): The EXPRESS Pediatric Simulation Research Collaborative was established to bring together leaders and innovators in pediatric simulation interested in answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation and simulation-based education. The collaborative was first established in February 2007 when 25 pediatric simulation and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) experts from various institutions across North America gathered together at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to discuss possible strategies to effectively incorporate simulation-based education into future PALS courses. This meeting, funded by Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Endowed Chair Funds at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, served as a springboard for discussion of simulation-based research ideas, and provided validation of the pressing need for more collaborative, multicenter research in this field. Attendees at this meeting had a strong desire to move forward with research as a team, and collectively agreed that research of this sort would likely require dedication and commitment beyond regular work hours. From this, the EXPRESS research collaborative was born, with the first major project aimed to evaluate the effect of scripted vs. unscripted debriefing and high vs. low fidelity simulation on attainment and retention of PALS-based educational outcomes for healthcare professionals. The EXPRESS Network was initially funded by the Laerdal Foundation.
POISE Network (Patient Outcomes in Simulation Education): The POISE Network was initiated as an educational foundation in New York University & Columbia University when simulation task trainers for pediatric resident education showed some improvement in clinical skills. The Network grew in 2009 with a focus on simulation-based education both for residents and for physician scientists looking to validate simulation-based modalities in medical education. The POISE Network developed as a 10-site collaborate investigating infant lumbar punctures and intravenous line placement, and gradually grew in scope and size to accommodate multiple other facets of simulation-based education such as neonatal intubation, curricular development, and screen-based simulation. The POISE Network was initially funded by RBaby Foundation.