SimMan 3G, SimBaby™, SimMan® Essential and Laerdal audio-visual equipment were used to teach prehospital providers effective initial burn management. This program was effective in increasing participants’ clinical knowledge and allowed them the opportunity to put the learned theories and skills into action by participating in three simulated scenarios.
This course was created to improve prehospital providers’ knowledge and clinical abilities in providing effective emergency burn management to adult and infant victims.
In this program, participants learn and practice evaluation and treatment techniques as well as physical transferring procedures and hand-off processes through three simulated scenarios: 1.) Burn with femur fracture, 2.) Scald burn, and 3.) Electrical burn. This course has been very effective in teaching the prehospital providers how to appropriately respond to a burn victim and how to effectively transfer them to the Burn Unit. For example, in one scenario, a second floor apartment fire was simulated and course participants had the unique opportunity to transport the simulator into an elevator and onto an ambulance. The course participants transported the simulator to the Emergency Department and practiced transferring him to the Burn Unit staff using hand-off communication procedures. These Laerdal products were specifically chosen because of their ability to meet the learning needs of the prehospital providers. No other products were considered.
The STAR Center has used Laerdal products for five and a half years, since the Center’s inception. The Director of the Center works directly with a Laerdal sales representative.
The products used in these burn scenarios were programmed by a Simulation Specialist who has experience programming simulators for all of the Center’s courses. The Simulation Specialist spent six hours meeting with instructors and programming the simulators. There were no problems implementing the products.
The products met the training goals very well. For example, SimMan 3G’s ability to scream and moan was ideal for a burn victim. To add to the realism of this simulator, his clothes were previously burned to make them smell like smoke and a fog machine was used to simulate smoke during the scenario. The wireless capabilities of these simulators allowed the course participants to practice transferring the patients from the floor to the stretcher to the ambulance and then to the Burn Unit, just as they do in the field. Through the use of these products, prehospital providers had the opportunity to practice assessing, managing, and treating burn patients prior to transferring them to the Burn Unit.