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Pediatric Respiratory Distress

Contributed on August 29, 2023, last updated September 29, 2023.



Greg Donde, Dave Wall, Julie Brown, Yvonne Drasovean, Gary Sullivan, Rewand Latvanen, Tania Killian, Fanshawe College

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Pediatric patient at home in respiratory distress. Paramedics will be dispatched, arrive on the scene and transport patient to the hospital. In hospital, paramedics will give report to an RN and RT. RT will provide medication (puffer) education to patient and caregiver to support disease management.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive respiratory assessment of a pediatric patient experiencing respiratory distress.
  2. Prioritize and implement appropriate interventions for a pediatric patient experiencing respiratory distress.
  3. Communicate with the pediatric patient in an age appropriate manner.
  4. Communicate with the patients family ensuring family centred care.
  5. Communicate effectively with the health care team.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


267, Affinity Learning, Respiratory distress


Donde G, Wall D, Brown J, Drasovean Y, Sullivan G, Latvanen R, Killian T. Pediatric Respiratory Distress. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2023. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Emergency / trauma
Pediatrics / child & family

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