Wounds affect all ages of Canadians and cost the Canadian health care system an estimated $3.9 billion annually¹. These wounds profoundly impact psychosocial health and quality of life for our patients. Educating nurses on the prevention, assessment and management of wounds will help reduce the burden on the patients and to the healthcare system.
Virtual simulation is an innovative approach to learning which incorporates various adult learning theories including gamification and immediate feedback. Virtual simulation is a convenient and accessible way to educate nurses.
Utilizing a series of virtual simulation games with both self-assessment and formal assessment tools, students, educators and health professionals can improve wound care knowledge, skill and judgement on the four common wound classifications: (1) Pressure injuries, (2) Venous insufficiency ulcers, (3) Diabetic foot ulcers and (4) surgical wounds.