Educational theory highlights the importance of contextualized simulation for effective learning. We explored this concept in a burns scenario in a novel, low-cost, high-fidelity, portable, immersive simulation environment (referred to as distributed simulation). This contextualized simulation/distributed simulation combination was named “The Burns Suite” (TBS). A pediatric burn resuscitation scenario was selected after high trainee demand. It was designed on Advanced Trauma and Life Support and Emergency Management of Severe Burns principles and refined using expert opinion through cognitive task analysis. TBS contained “realism” props, briefed nurses, and a simulated patient. Novices and experts were recruited. Five-point Likert-type questionnaires were developed for face and content validity. Cronbach’s α was calculated for scale reliability. Semistructured interviews captured responses for qualitative thematic analysis allowing for data triangulation. Twelve participants completed TBS scenario. Mean face and content validity ratings were high (4.6 and 4.5, respectively; range, 4–5). The internal consistency of questions was high. Qualitative data analysis revealed that participants felt 1) the experience was “real” and they were “able to behave as if in a real resuscitation environment,” and 2) TBS “addressed what Advanced Trauma and Life Support and Emergency Management of Severe Burns didn’t” (including the efficacy of incorporating nontechnical skills). TBS provides a novel, effective simulation tool to significantly advance the delivery of burns education. Recreating clinical challenge is crucial to optimize simulation training. This low-cost approach also has major implications for surgical education, particularly during increasing financial austerity. Alternative scenarios and/or procedures can be recreated within TBS, providing a diverse educational immersive simulation experience.
From the *West Midlands Regional Burns Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom; and †Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
R. Kneebone is a shareholder of Convincis Ltd. The other authors declare no conflict of interest.
Address correspondence to Hazim Sadideen, MEd, MRCS, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burns Surgery, New Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2WB, United Kingdom.