Why Use Virtual Reality for Medical Training?

Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging tool used in the healthcare field as a high-tech solution for improving medical education. Continuous education in healthcare is essential for any healthcare professional who wants to provide high-quality patient care. The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, new techniques and technologies are arising, and medical professionals have to regularly keep up with these innovations to expand their knowledge and skills.

VR for Medical Training

Using virtual reality for medical training has great potential. Traditionally, medical students endure hours of training with cadavers, mannequins, training software, and other hands-on devices. While these tools have trained doctors for years, virtual reality training replicates real-world scenarios in the operating room like never before. Here’s how virtual reality is used for medical training:

Development of Medical Skills

Doctors need to know many types of procedures and how to perform them flawlessly and quickly when the time arises. With the use of virtual reality, medical students can perform these procedures in a fully-immersive simulation that replicates real-world scenarios. Virtual environments allow students to explore, make mistakes, and learn from them before actually performing the real procedure.

In traditional training, some students may have only had one or two practice runs before having to perform a real surgical procedure. Virtual reality allows students to explore the human body without endangering patients and gives them endless opportunities to perform procedures on their own time. 

Enjoyable and Engaging

Virtual reality in learning and training allows students and specialists to train in a more enjoyable and engaging way. Rather than having 10-12 medical students crowded around an operating room table to watch a procedure, each student can be put into a fully-immersive situational experience with virtual reality. 

New skills are acquired through practice in interactive and safe virtual environments. With access to virtual reality headsets, students are given the opportunity to practice on their own time, as well as when directed. Virtual reality training doesn’t replace traditional training, but it can present sophisticated concepts through visualization and interaction. 

Trauma and Emergency Room Simulation

Working in an emergency room requires skill, quick thinking, and the ability to function in a high-stress environment. In a new training simulation at Stanford’s emergency department,  a virtual reality scenario was created that put an emergency physician in a position where they had a patient needing immediate medical attention, but also were interrupted 12 times during the patient exam. 

In real life, emergency physicians are faced with this scenario, and such interruptions can increase the likelihood of errors. With virtual reality, emergency doctors can practice how to multitask in this fast-paced, high-risk, and disruptive environment. 

At Immertec, we focus on real-time training with virtual reality and understand the importance of gaining experience and access to live training surgeries whenever necessary. Learn more about Immertec’s process and how we can implement VR training in your organization today. Contact us today!

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