A new study suggests PeTIT VR, our novel trauma simulation, could revolutionise how we train clinicians in paediatric trauma care.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa evaluated PeTIT VR for training emergency clinicians internationally in managing paediatric trauma cases. The platform allows trainees to immerse themselves in realistic simulations of emergency scenarios, such as a child arriving at the emergency room with life-threatening injuries.
Unlike traditional manikins, PeTIT VR provides an interactive and collaborative experience. Trainees can communicate with each other as they would in real life from anywhere remotely in the world. They can practice using essential tools and medical equipment, perform assessments and procedures, order diagnostic tests, and make clinical decisions.
In the study, 11 physicians from 8 different countries tested PeTIT VR. Results showed high levels of acceptance and positive feedback:
- 87% found PeTIT VR useful for training
- 93% said they would use PeTIT VR if it was implemented at their hospital
- 81% preferred PeTIT VR over traditional mannequin simulators
- PeTIT VR was rated highly effective for training teamwork and communication skills
While promising, this is just an initial validation study of PeTIT VR. This research is planned to be presented at medical conferences in more detail later this year, so watch this space for more information. A full clinical evaluation is currently being planned for 2024 for full-validity evidence.
Nonetheless, the study adds to growing evidence that PeTIT VR could overhaul how we train the next generation of trauma care providers. The key benefits of PeTIT VR include:
- Realistic, immersive scenarios are impossible to simulate otherwise. Trainees can make mistakes and learn without real-world consequences.
- Accessible and scalable training that doesn’t depend on expensive manikins and simulation centres.
- Objective performance metrics and instant feedback to enhance learning.
- Multi-disciplinary team training to improve communication and coordination.
PeTIT VR promises more flexible, scalable and effective simulations to save young lives. Let’s work together to make cutting-edge VR training a reality.