Studying Resuscitation Curricula at UNAN Leon

Project SEMILLA members receive grant from Laerdal Foundation to study their novel Resuscitation Curriculum

Building on the resuscitation course that was piloted in Leon, Nicaragua in 2013, Project SEMILLA board members devised a research study to measure the impact of the course on the ability of resident physicians perform a resuscitation. The use of simulation equipment in medical education to prepare physicians to treat critically ill patients, while commonplace in the United States, is generally unavailable in low income countries. The study, “Impact of a Novel, Resource-Appropriate Resuscitation Curriculum on Nicaraguan Resident Physician Management of Cardiac Arrest” will use a simulation mannequin to measure the ability of resident physicians to handle cardiac arrests before and after the course is taught. The study will not only introduce simulation as an educational modality in Leon, but will also measure the impact of the new resuscitation curriculum.


The Laerdal Foundation funds projects that advance a variety of aspects of resuscitation research. Dr. Breena Taira, MD, MPH is the Principal Investigator on the grant that was chosen by the Laerdal Foundation from over 50 applicants worldwide. She will work with co-investigators Orlando Morales, MD, Ed Stapleton, EMT-P, Aristides Orue, NP and Luis Lovato, MD on the project.



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