Resuscitation VR: Virtually Saving Lives

A medical VR simulation application that saves time, resources and lives, made in collaboration with Facebook.

Doctors are regularly faced with high-stress situations, and their decisions are often crucial to the patient’s life. For a trainee or junior doctor, hands-on experience of such scenarios was once only imaginable. With Resuscitation VR, the medical training experience is going through a cutting-edge transformation. This could better equip medical practitioners to tackle situations where the stakes are high.

Resuscitation VR gives users simulations of scenarios to practice and refine their critical decision making in a safe and intuitive environment. Being a scalable framework to train doctors and medical staff for emergency situations through an immersive audio-visual experience, Resuscitation VR is a cost-effective training solution.

It is split into different paediatric modules, with each focusing on a different emergency. The user, who is placed as the lead physician in the room, guides what happens in the emergency room by directing the other emergency team members. They would have to make decisions and perform tests to diagnose and stabilise the patient.

These simulations intend to prepare the user for the challenges of such situations in the real-world. High stake scenarios lead to significant mental load and stress when there is a need to process information rapidly and make speedy decisions. All the data from the simulations are captured and uploaded to a portal for the user, including the stimuli they were presented with, events that occurred and the decisions that were made. At the end of the experience, the users are provided with real-time feedback to understand how to improve.

The Resuscitation VR model was tested for 2 years before being rolled out in April 2020. It is now mandatory training for the medical staff at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. It has been adopted by 11 hospitals across the world and is being trialled by 60+ more internationally. The paediatric model’s success has led to modules for adult models, taking this experiential learning a step further. Making the right decisions while tackling the stress of the environment could be what makes all the difference, not just for the patient but also the doctor.

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An immersive training and education solutions company, specialising in healthcare training using cutting-edge XR technology.