Virtual reality study to transform pediatric EMS training
The study wants to establish once and for all that virtual reality is a viable solution for high-stakes training, such as emergency services.
Virtual reality applications in healthcare continue to push the boundaries of patient care and professional training. Now a Funded by NIST A study by Health Scholars wants to find out if virtual reality could make EMS training safer and faster.
The emphasis of the work on training in pediatric care is particularly important. Pediatric care is very different from adult care. Without continuing education, healthcare workers could miss out on vital clues about serious illness that could make resuscitation difficult. Children make up a small percentage of emergencies, which leads to a question. How do EMS workers keep cutting edge knowledge about pediatric care when they so rarely have to use it?
Brian Gillet, MD, president of Health Scholars, the study aims to remove barriers to training and improve pediatric health care outcomes through regular use of virtual reality-based training.
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The scope of the study in virtual reality
The study will compare traditional training with voice-activated VR training. Three Colorado State EMS departments will begin using Health Scholars Pediatric Emergency Assessment VR Simulation Training using the Oculus Quest 2 headsets.
The aim is to find out more clearly what the benefits of VR training are and whether it leads to long-term knowledge retention. The great hope is that virtual reality can break down the barriers that have long hampered departments in delivering world-class pediatric care.
Pediatric training is difficult, long and above all expensive. This puts a strain on even well-funded EMS units, let alone rural teams with few resources for everyone. Going virtual could help departments scale training with less expense.
By conducting an official study, Health Scholars want to establish once and for all that virtual reality is a viable solution for high-stakes training, such as emergency services. If the connection is positive, EMS departments could finally have a way to train and keep skills up to date without increasing the burden on resources.