Skills Station

Welcome to The Skills Station – where you can see how VRpatients works as both a fully-immersive virtual reality training application and a web-based online learning tool.

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Getting Started With VR

VR Headsets Wired or Wireless? Episode 1
Choosing the VR Right Headset. Episode 2
Setting Up Your VR Studio. Episode 3
Devin’s Headset Picks. Episode 4
How Much Should You Pay for a Headset? Episode 5
Top Tips for Getting Started. Episode 6

VR Experience (VR headset required)

How a Pen Light Works in VR

How a Stethoscope Works in VR

Perform a Vagal Maneuver in VR

Making the Case for VR EMS Training

Still considering how virtual reality can fit into your existing EMS or nursing training curriculum? VR is not meant to replace humans, but rather to complement existing curriculum.  In VR, you can take any student, put them in virtual reality simulation, and have them practice the skill repeatedly before coming to class or applying the skill on a real patient. The simulation of virtual reality causes actual responses, like increased heart rate, and mimics the emergency nature of a real life situation.  This increases knowledge retention and allows student practitioners to practice skills without life threatening consequences.  VR simulation also allows current practitioners to experience a low occurrence, high-acuity clinical case so they are prepared for any possible EMS scenario. Available online or in fully immersive virtual reality using a headset, VRpatients is real life training without real life consequences.

How do you train paramedics with virtual reality?

People throw out the term virtual reality and think it means the same across the board.  Well, it doesn’t. VRpatients allows you to train EMS practitioners physical paramedic skills almost to the full scope of a paramedic. With VRpatients, you will learn how to perform the skills on the patient virtually and the patient responds in real life. As an educator, you can customize the case to whatever skill you are trying to master and monitor the student’s critical thinking skills and competency. To oversimplify a bit, it’s like watching a movie and responding in a video game!
 
So, we came up with six steps to train paramedics in VR. First, you will want to start training traditionally. VRpatients fits perfectly into an education curriculum right after ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) training. Students can make mistakes on virtual patients as they are mastering their ACLS skills without the consequences of real life. They will feel good about completing a scenarios correctly and gain confidence in the process.

Next, determine how the student user access the platforms. VRpatients has two ways to connect to the application: fully immersive VR using a headset or online. (If you’re wondering what headset works for you, watch this video.) Now it’s time to choose a scenario. VRpatients comes equipped with several common cases that you can use immediately or customize. Or you can build your own clinical case scenario from scratch. (Don’t worry – we provide you with as much training as you need to learn how to do it inside our highly intuitive case authoring tool!)

After a student completes a case, make sure you debrief the student or practitioner, just as you would in real life. If your students are taking their headset home, they can come back with questions to discuss in class. You can also access their results to see how they did, allowing you to objectively assess their mastery of the skill. It’s also a good idea to make sure you or your instructors go under the headset and perform a case in front of the students. You can connect what you see inside the headset to a TV in the class or project it on a computer easily so future or current practitioners can learn while you go through a scenario.

Lastly, have fun! This is a wonderful opportunity to move in the direction of the entire industry that is heading toward competency-based training and gamification in education. Embrace it and have a good time!  

Web-Based Experience (VR headset NOT required)

How Virtual Sim Training for EMS Works with VRpatients

How to Build Your Own Virtual Sim EMS Cases with VRpatients

Sample Case: COVID-19

Sample Case: Asthma

Sample Case: Unresponsive Patient

Sample Case: Chest Pain

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