Reducing neonatal mortality and morbidity through on-site resuscitation simulation training

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) affects up to 35% of very low birth weight babies across California and can substantially increase health care costs.

Simulation­-based learning can improve the Safety, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of neonatal resuscitations, allowing teams to optimize their performance and SEE reductions in morbidities such as BPD, as well as associated costs.

In March 2018, CPQCC will launch Simulating Success to help you implement an on-site, simulation-based, neonatal resuscitation training program and improve skills in debriefing, with the goal of improving your resuscitation team’s performance during preterm and term deliveries, thereby reducing neonatal mortality and morbidity such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. As part of this project, you will receive training, standardized equipment, and guidance on implementing an onsite simulation training program from experts at the Center for Advanced Pediatric & Perinatal Education (CAPE) at Stanford, an international leader in obstetric and neonatal simulation-based training.

Advantages of participation include:

  • A train-the-trainer program to help you conduct and debrief your own simulated clinical scenarios
  • Ongoing guidance and support from the simulation experts at CAPE
  • A neonatal patient simulator/manikin and audiovisual gear to deploy and record your simulations Membership in a “community of learning” through which you will learn from colleagues at other participating sites via sharing of results, insights, strategies, materials, data, etc.
  • Access to a multidisciplinary team that will actively support you to build and sustain a successful program


Simulating Success is a 15-month project which includes three months of preparatory training followed by 12 months of implementation. Participating sites will implement the project beginning in March 2018, June 2018, September 2018, December 2018, or March 2019.


All CPQCC member hospitals are eligible to participate, for a fee of $8,500 per hospital.  We are subsidizing the cost of this project for our members, allowing us to charge far less than the $15K-$40K charged by other organizations for similar quality improvement activities. 



Contact  Henry Lee, MD, Principal Investigator or Janine Bergin, Project Manager.