Creating Online Training for Procedures in Global Health with PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource-Limited Settings)

Rachel S. Bensman Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio;

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Tina M. Slusher University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota;
Hennepin County Medical Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota;

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Sabrina M. Butteris University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

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Michael B. Pitt University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota;

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on behalf of the SUGAR PEARLS Investigators Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio;
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota;
Hennepin County Medical Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota;
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

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The authors describe a multiinstitutional collaborative project to address a gap in global health training by creating a free online platform to share a curriculum for performing procedures in resource-limited settings. This curriculum called PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource-Limited Settings) consists of peer-reviewed instructional and demonstration videos describing modifications for performing common pediatric procedures in resource-limited settings. Adaptations range from the creation of a low-cost spacer for inhaled medications to a suction chamber for continued evacuation of a chest tube. By describing the collaborative process, we provide a model for educators in other fields to collate and disseminate procedural modifications adapted for their own specialty and location, ideally expanding this crowd-sourced curriculum to reach a wide audience of trainees and providers in global health.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Rachel S. Bensman, Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 2008, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039. E-mail: RBensmanMD@gmail.com

Authors’ addresses: Rachel S. Bensman, Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, E-mail: RBensmanMD@gmail.com. Tina M. Slusher, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, and Department of Pediatrics, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, E-mail: tslusher@umn.edu. Sabrina M. Butteris, Department of Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, E-mail: sbutteris@peduatrics.wisc.edu. Michael B. Pitt, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, E-mail: mbpitt@umn.edu.

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