We had developed an inexpensive intramuscular (IM) injection simulator and gathered feedback from Canadian hospital-based practicing nurses about the design features of the simulator. While the feedback critiqued the density of the simulator as being too stiff and suggested making the shape more realistic, it was also unanimously agreed that this IM injection simulator is more realistic than any other previous models they have used, therefore deeming it an acceptable training tool for nursing students in Canada. For this simulator to serve as a training tool in other countries, such as Singapore, we partnered with SingHealth, a hospital network in Singapore, to conduct identical product testing in a different ethnic context and compare the data to our previous work. This article is based on this study. We had 21 nurses from Singapore General Hospital test the IM injection simulator and fill out the same survey the Canadian nurses had done. With a 100% response rate, only 26% of the Singapore hospital-based nurses agreed that this IM injection simulator is a more ethnically appropriate representation of anatomy than previous simulators they have used. There were numerous other differences in feedback compared to the Canadian nurses, such as the fat layer being too thick. These differences in feedback highlight the importance of including ethnicity as a factor during the design of simulators. Therefore, despite the silicone IM injection simulator being a cost-effective solution to practice IM injections, the features of the simulator need to be improved to make it a valuable teaching tool for nursing students, especially those in Singapore.Reference:
Micallef J, Lin AC, Arutiunian A, Dubrowski A. Design of an Intramuscular Injection Simulator: Accommodating Cultural Differences. Cureus. 2021 Oct 22;13(10):e18980. doi: 10.7759/cureus.18980. PMID: 34820235; PMCID: PMC8607311.