VR nursing training: Pushing Humanity Forward (PoC)
Our client had the idea to connect two things he is passionate about - healthcare and virtual reality - all at the service of humanity. He reached out to 4Experience, inviting us to cooperate with his team of nursing educators and simulation experts in order to create a VR nursing training.
VR nursing training
HTC Vive Pro
Hi5 Haptic Glove
The cost of getting qualified
Medical care providers - such as nurses and doctors - have very limited time to act in order to save a patient’s life. A moment of hesitation can bring disastrous results, including minor or fatal injuries. That’s why it is extremely important for nurses to keep their practical knowledge and skills up to date.
Such experience comes from years of hard work, including learning from your own mistakes and performing the same activities hundreds - even thousands - times. Medical personnel is currently improving their skills by performing activities on trained simulated patient actors or (mute or not-responsive) robotic mannequins. Unluckily, both solutions are extremely pricey and time-consuming.
On the other hand, it is critical to their education that they are able to practice providing healthcare in an authentic, safe way. That's why our client decided to challenged us with creating PoC of VR nursing training, using Hi5 Haptic Gloves.
If students aren’t engaged then they won’t pay attention
When using the VR nursing training, medical personnel go through the scenario and must make choices on what care to give the patient. The training consists in opening the package and then applying a special patch to the wound. For hygiene reasons, each of the training steps must be performed in a specific way.
The purpose of the application was to map the patch application process as accurately as possible on the patient's wound. For this purpose, haptic VR (Hi5 Glove) gloves were used, thanks to which the user has much greater freedom of movement, and each of them is very accurately mapped in the application itself.
VR nursing training has been prepared for HTC Vive headset, connected with Hi5 Glove haptic gloves. Our tasks were to implement the mechanics of applying the patch as well as preparing the visuals. The client provided us with set of materials, which were showing detailed steps of wound dressing - from picking the right dressing up to applying the patch to the wound.
VR Nursing training is a training application aimed at preparing nurses for the best practice of their profession - specifically, dressing applications for open wounds (later there would be a division into cut wounds, with swelling, gunshot, etc.). What’s important, the application is to be used only for internal use of training employees of medical facilities.
Wound dressing - a practical simulation
Unluckily (or not?), real-life healthcare doesn’t happen in a classroom. Thus, VR nursing training is a perfect solution to make trainees learning as authentic as possible.
VR nursing training gives the personnel a safe, immersive learning environment so that when they do begin to treat actual patients, they are as prepared as possible. Is it also possible to recreate situations that rarely occur in order to apply their knowledge gained through theory and keep their lifesaving skills sharp, even if they’re only needed once in a while.
It’s easier to modify subtle variables of the training environment with VR when compared to traditional methods. The HTC Vive VR kit allowed nurse participants to explore a virtual clinic and interact with various elements, including the patient.
Virtual reality is being used to create simulations of nursing scenarios where the trainee has to carry out a series of tasks, for example, checking a patient’s vital signs. But it is also used to train how to react in an emergency, e.g. cardiac arrest.