Medical professionals are getting to practice procedures which do not occur often in real life. The way in which hospitals are training medical personnel, nurses and doctors, is changing with the development of VR headsets like Gear VR, Google Cardboard and VR One. Now at the Miami Children’s Hospital, with virtual reality, the retention rate after training is high compared to traditional training. The hospital has teamed up with Next Galaxy Corp, an augmented and virtual reality company to develop VR medical instructional software for procedures like nasal gastric tube insertion, intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Heimlich maneuver, Foley catheter insertion, wound care and for starting an IV.
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Using VR has benefitted the Hospital
Though this is just the beginning of virtual reality use, the hospital is already getting benefits. According to the CEO at Miami Children’s Hospital, Dr. Narendra Kini, the retention level after one year of VR training is 80% compared to 20% after a week with conventional training.
Kini said regarding the VR training “The level of understanding through VR is great because humans are primarily visual and VR is a visual format. We believe that there are numerous opportunities where repetitive training and skill set maintenance are critical for outcomes. Since there are not enough patients in many cases to maintain these skill sets, virtual reality is a real addition to the arsenal. Imagine also scenarios where we need to practice for accreditation and or compliance. In these situations virtual reality is a god-send.”
Cost reduction is another benefit which can be obtained with VR training. The CEO of Next Galaxy, Mary Spio, says that health care costs are increased with medical professional training and patient education. Since health care knowledge doubles every six to eight years, new proficiency training is required constantly.
However, Next Galaxy is developing its VR platform so that it can work with Android as well as iOS devices. This will reduce the cost of entry.
Next Galaxy VR software uses Leap Motion force feedback technology. This means health care professionals undergoing training, can feel if they are doing any procedure in a wrong way. There are risks when practicing with real patients, which include perforation of organs, potential malpractice and other lawsuits.
The VR company is working with different clinics, hospitals, assisted care facilities, nursing homes and medical schools on different VR educational projects. With VR, surgeons, radiologists and medical students, everybody can benefit.
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