Workshop Presentation


Workshop 16: Explanatory models in neonatal intensive care

Tuesday, May 15
13:30 - 15:00
Location: Saturn 1&2

Context: : Acute care providers intervening on fragile patients face many knowledge and information related challenges. We introduce a new concept and educational technology to facilitate understanding, reasoning, and communication in the clinical environment

Description: : An explanatory model (EM) is a representation of relevant physiologic processes that provides insight into the relationships between therapeutic interventions and monitored variables, and their dependency on incidents and pathologies. We systematically analyze types of information incorporated into models and displayed in simulations, and consider their explanatory relevance. A conceptual model (diagram) of the normal neonatal cardiorespiratory system is adapted to reflect transposition of the great arteries and implemented in animated, interactive software

Observation/Evaluation: : The use of this model is illustrated via the explanation to pediatric residents of the relationships between blood pressures, blood flow rates, ventilation, oxygen saturation, and oxygen distribution in a neonate with TGA. Learners explore clinical scenarios and effects of therapeutic interventions

Discussion: : Explanatory models hold promise as mental models for clinical practice and could possibly play a
role in clinical decision making in neonatal intensive care and beyond.
The software is freely available via the web addendum:

Willem L. van Meurs, -

Senior Researcher
Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology group


Send Email for Willem L. van Meurs

Tim A.J. Antonius, -

Department of Neonatology
Nijmegen, Netherlands


Send Email for Tim A.J. Antonius


Workshop 16: Explanatory models in neonatal intensive care

Attendees who have favorited this

Please enter your access key

The asset you are trying to access is locked. Please enter your access key to unlock.

Send Email for Workshop 16: Explanatory models in neonatal intensive care