Introduction The benefits of simulation-based medical training are well described. The most effective way to plant and scale simulation training in rural locations remains undescribed. We sought to plant simulation training programmes for anaesthesia emergencies in two rural Indian hospitals.
Methods Two Indian consultant anaesthetists without experience in medical simulation underwent a 3-day course at the Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) Simulator Program. They returned to their institutions and launched simulation programmes with an airway manikin and mock patient monitor. The 1-year experience was evaluated using individual, in-depth interviews of simulation facilitators. Three staff members (responsible for facilitating medical simulations over the prior year) at two rural hospitals in India were interviewed. None attended the BCH training; instead, they received on-the-job training from the BCH-trained, consultant anaesthetist colleagues.
Results Successes included organisational adoption of simulation training with exercises 1 year after the initial BCH-training, increased interdisciplinary teamwork and improved clinical competency in managing emergencies. Barriers to effective, local implementation of simulation programmes fell into three categories: time required to run simulations, fixed and rigid roles, and variable resources. Thematic improvement requests were for standardised resources to help train simulation facilitators and demonstrate to participants a well-run simulation, in addition to context-sensitive scenarios.
Conclusion An in-person training of simulation facilitators to promote medical simulation programmes in rural hospitals produced ongoing simulation programmes 1 year later. In order to make these programmes sustainable, however, increased investment in developing simulation facilitators is required. In particular, simulation facilitators must be prepared to formally train other simulation facilitators, too.
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Contributors AWP, SS, ES, DL, RG, RK, JK, SA, JGM, CR, PW, MT, NM and CDM were involved in the design and implementation of the train-the-trainer programme. VSh, IW, AWP, VS, SM, RG, AA, RK, SA, JGM, JTG, NM and CDM were involved in the conception and design of the qualitative follow-up interviews. IW was responsible for gathering and transcribing all the data. IW and VSh were responsible for the initial analysis of the data. IW, VSh, AWP, VS, SM, SA, JGM, JTG and CDM were responsible for secondary analysis. All authors were involved in the writing or revision of the manuscript, and all provided their approval for publication.
Funding This work was funded by the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery—Dubai (under a Cooperative Research Award to CDM and NM). Additionally, VS was supported by a Diamedica UK research grant. Finally, the Program in Global Surgery for Social Change receives grant funding from the GE foundation.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
Data availability statement Data are available upon reasonable request.
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