Here’s the scene: a teenager is lying on a stretcher. His mother has just rushed him to the ER. She’s frantic; begging you to act quickly. The EMT comes in and tells you that he was found at home having seizures, each lasting four minutes. You have a few seconds to make a decision. Do you put an oxygen mask on him first? Or give him anti-seizure medication? His life is in your hands – and you’ve got to act fast.
Relax – this is not a real emergency, and no one’s life is really in danger. You take off your headset and step back into the real world. Instantly, you’ve gained the experience of real-time ER – feeling, seeing, hearing, and acting out an emergency scenario. Welcome to your first Virtual Reality medical training with OMNI.
With an impending crisis for medical training to become more efficient with less funding, both doctors and training academies are feeling the pressure to give the best treatment from an early get-go.
VR, like all technology, is an answer to a problem.
While thousands of students read medicine at university for seven or more years, few encounter real clinical situations until their third or fourth years. At this point, they’re required to watch someone else play the part of physician in order to learn about the procedures they’ll have to one day perform. The institutions that provide training have to cover extensive maintenance and technical expenses, with mannequins costing upwards of $50,000 a year. They also have to rigorously plan lecture hall venue hiring schedules to accommodate student training intervals.
Virtual Reality Medical Training: An Answer for All
New VR solution OMNI relieves the pressure facing both students and institutions today. Using 3D virtual simulations and built for any kind of clinical environment, students can experience those crucial real-time, high-pressure clinical situations at any education level. With no risk to the patient’s or physician’s well-being, they gain invaluable healthcare experiences, getting the feel of realistic scenarios and high-pressure situations long before they’re required to deal with them in real-life. As a result of their students encourage and learning with virtual interactions, medical schools see student retention rates soar. At the same time, they see their maintenance and venue costs fall, simply because VR training doesn’t require a lot of space.
Paramedic VR Training
Paramedics and similar fields can utilize Virtual Reality medical training solutions like OMNI to master life-saving skills, confronting realistic scenarios and high-pressure situations. Students can administer CPR and emergency allergy treatment on simulations for example, which, unlike mannequins, can respond to ‘treatments’ next to physical and time pressures. Perhaps most crucially of all, they can witness and attend car crash scenes and treat unique impact traumas — otherwise unavailable with traditional training methods — and start to mentally prepare for these types of distressing encounters.
Surgical VR Training
Surgeons typically spend their first two years in lecture theaters and only get hands-on experience in their third or fourth years. At this point, they go through clinical rotations to observe operations with tens of other medical students all in the same room. VR medical training can supplement real-world experiences and provide hands-on training which students don’t usually encounter until surgical residency; giving trainees a lasting memory with an immersive and highly interactive experience.
Surgical VR simulators have facilitated training in basic skills in procedures like laparoscopy. Now, with aggregated software, simulators allow students to safely perform any kind of procedure, including operating on anatomical variations and pathological conditions. The training interface enables the surgeon to ‘feel’ the tissue with haptic feedback, allowing him or her to grasp procedure accuracy.
A World of Opportunity
In the medical industry, knowledge must always be fresh, and decision-making skills sharp. VR training software offers a completely new way to both cultivate and refresh key medical skills over older methods – and even state universities are starting to see its core benefits. With up-close training, these kinds of training avenues usher new ways to merge key medical knowledge with the far visceral, pragmatic experience of real clinical situations. Students can attain higher rates of live-saving treatment with cognitive learning modules repeated under 3D environments – no cadavers, no mannequins, and no real-life patients under any risk whatsoever – supplementing conventional techniques focused training.
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