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Coronavirus VR Training

By March 19, 2020 No Comments

Thousands of healthcare workers (HCWs) worldwide are currently at battle with the COVID-19 virus. During this time, proper procedure is of the utmost importance to avoid transmission. Given the new accessibility of emerging technologies like virtual reality, we should be using these tools to optimize the training process. VR training can keep people safer while also conserving precious masks, gowns and other key resources. VR enables people to learn asynchronously in a safe environment through experiential simulations, which simultaneously opens up the time of healthcare professionals to work with patients rather than training others.

PPE Donning & Doffing

“90% of observed doffing was incorrect.”

The overall incorrect doffing percentage of observed HCWs was 90%, based on the doffing sequence, doffing technique, and use of correct PPE. The percentage of observations in which HCWs did not remove their PPE in the correct sequence was 52%, while 40% of observations involved HCWs not wearing all the required PPE.” (View Study)

Improper doffing is one of the leading causes of HCWs getting infected. By using virtual reality training we can help people practice each step until they truly know the process. One small mistake could ultimately mean life or death for someone who catches the virus. Fortunately, we’re seeing simulations step in to help.

“Simulation has become a powerful weapon fighting against the virus, as it can not only ensure patient safety but also provide a safe learning and training environment for HCWs to develop practical skills to deal with the COVID-19.” – BMJ Journal, March 2020 (ref)

Yale University School of Medicine has also shown that “Students trained via VR performed 29% faster and made 6x fewer errors than those trained via conventional methods.” (ref)

Standalone 6DoF VR Headset

At Axon Park, we’ve taken this to heart and developed a VR training experience to help HCWs prepare for the coronavirus. Our primary module focuses on PPE Donning and Doffing, and we have additional modules in development for Airway & Intubation, Waste Management and other key areas. To learn more about the COVID-19 VR training experience, please visit our website: https://axonpark.com/covid-19-vr-training/

The solution is fully turnkey with 24/7 support. You’ll receive VR headsets with the experience loaded and ready to go. All you’ll need to do is turn on the headset and start the experience. We also provide you with a cloud-based database of learner performance data so you can track who has completed the experience successfully. We are providing the hardware and experience at cost for hospitals and other health organizations.