About the Course
A Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) is an intravenous catheter guided through the vein to reach the tip of the superior vena cava, a vein which carries blood to the heart. A thin, long and flexible tube is inserted in a region above the elbow and below the shoulder. The insertion site contains one or two openings called lumens which are used to administer medication to the patient.
This PICC insertion VR simulation is designed for users to practice and train for this complex procedure, all the way through preparing the patient and instruments, performing the procedure and ending with post-procedure care.
The lessons in this VR training program are set in photorealistic virtual environments and present learners with step-by-step directions. Performing each task helps learners learn and polish their skills to the desired level of perfection.
- Attain the knowledge required to perform a PICC insertion
- Gain familiarity with the necessary equipment
- Understand how to approach key patient interactions
The process of a PICC insertion begins with confirming the identity of the patient, identifying a suitable insertion site and measuring the required catheter length. This lesson will focus on all the initial preparations where learners will be provided with adequate affordances to complete the tasks. The lesson contains detailed steps with instructions and feedback to ensure that the learner not only completes every step but also performs every step correctly.
Preparing a Sterile Field
Meticulous preparation is necessary to ensure a safe and successful procedure. This lesson helps learners practice the steps in securing the procedure room, preparing the sterile field and cleaning the insertion site. Tasks like wearing and removing masks and head gear are included to emphasize the importance of these steps. All steps are detailed with adequate instructions and affordances to provide a thorough practice session.
Preparing Lidocaine and Catheter
Before the insertion, it is required to prepare the lidocaine syringe, pre-flush lumens and apply USG gel to the probe. Each task is essential and requires practice to perform efficiently. With the affordances and instructions provided in this lesson, learners can practice every step to achieve the desired level of efficiency and perform the process skillfully in a real-life scenario.
The final step is to perform the insertion followed by attaching a Sherlock 3cg connector, flushing the lumens and applying a Tegaderm dressing. This lesson provides detailed instructions supported by adequate affordances to complete the procedure effectively and efficiently.