Virtual Reality Medical Training System

Thomas Jefferson University Background
Hospitals frequently use code names to alert their trained personnel to an emergency event. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Code Blue is one of the most universally recognized codes; it alerts staff of a medical emergency where a patient is in immediate danger due to cardiac arrest. Despite extensive medical training in preparation for possible “code” medical events, some medical professionals may find it difficult to experience the leading and communication management that is required.
Technology Overview
A virtual reality (VR) system for medical training in connection with an ACLS Code Blue scenario. This virtual reality will provide an educational simulation experience using VR to display the medical event through a VR headset. The user wearing the VR headset will provide verbal instructions, related to the condition of the virtual patient, to the virtual medical professionals group during the emergency medical event. The user’s verbal responses will generate a “reaction” in the virtual environment, which will then provide additional information to the user, such as a virtual display of an additional effect on the virtual patient or generate a new prompt entirely for the user. The VR user’s instructions and observations may be compared to a predefined standard. In the case of ACLS Code Blue, proper protocols as defined by the American Medical Association. Based on these set recommended actions provided, a VR user is scored at various testable action points during simulation. Deviating from the recommended guidelines would result in a lower score. As guidelines changes, the system will be updated so medical professionals are getting the most up to date training and education.
Benefits

Realistic and immersive continued education tool for medical students and for medical professionals.
Virtual reality (VR) provides a simulation of emergent medical codes.
Prepares students and medical professionals for high stress situations.
Improves medical professionals’ ability to manage and communicate during codes.
Enhances the quality of patient care by better preparing medical professionals.

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