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!