VR Training Program Now Required At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
“Oculus is giving standalone VR headsets to 11 medical institutions as part of an expanding program investigating best practices for training medical professionals in virtual reality.
A “pilot study” was launched last year at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with training software made in Unity focused on “resuscitation procedures for childhood seizure and shock.” Built by Oculus blog post.
Dr. Todd Chang, one of the principle researchers on the project, wrote in an email they looked for physiological changes “that signify engagement and attention” and found that there was a quickening to physicians’ pulses when experiencing the resuscitation simulation wearing a VR headset “which resolves once they go out. It immediately resumes when they go back in. We believe this is a consistent finding that suggests an optimal heightened awareness of peak learning / performance. It is also not as catastrophically nerve-wracking as a real resuscitation.” Physicians experienced an increase of about 6.5 heartbeats per minute in the simulation compared with about 13.2 heartbeats per minute in a real resuscitation, according to Dr. Chang…”
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