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‘Burns board game’ launched to help train non-specialist nursing staff

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An educational board game aimed at supporting training in emergency burn care for frontline healthcare professionals will be launched this week.

The Burns Game has been developed by Focus Games in partnership with the British Burn Association and Birmingham City University.

The university noted that burns patients received immediate care from various emergency professionals, who were often not burn specialists and may have had limited training in burn care.

The game aims to “bridge this gap” by increasing awareness and delivering knowledge and skills around burn management, said the university.

It is aimed at any qualified professional involved in the initial assessment and management of an acute burn injury, including accident and emergency staff, hospital nurses, practice nurses, health visitors, students, and other medical and emergency service staff.

The game is played by moving around the board, with participants presented with questions and scenarios, which they must then explore and discuss as a team.

Birmingham City University

‘Burns board game’ to help train non-specialist nurses

The Burns Game

The game covers topics such as first aid, airway and breathing, wound assessment, referral and transfer, and specialist burn injuries.

Peter Drew, chair of British Burn Association, said: “The Burns Game is an exciting and innovative way of broadening the knowledge base of anyone working with burn-injured patients.

“Everyone, from fire service personnel and first-aiders through to specialist hospital staff will find it challenging,” he added.

Professor Steven Jeffery and Jane Leaver from the university’s Faculty of Health Education and Life Sciences were part of the team behind its development.

Professor Jeffery, head of wound study at the university and consultant burns and plastic surgeon at the Birmingham Burns Centre, said: “I am all too familiar with the misery that burn injuries cause families throughout the country every year.”

  • The Burns Game goes on sale from Wednesday 19 October, coinciding with National Burn Awareness Day, priced at £60 (excluding VAT) 
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  • michael stone

    It must be a very good game to justify a sixty quid price-tag.

    Alternatively expressed as 'If playing this game really does improve healthcare, shouldn't its cost be kept as low as possible ?'

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