Similar to a pilot’s flight simulator, the Trauma Simulator is a free-play virtual reality training platform capable of training military medical personnel through dynamic physiologic responsive simulations that allow decision-training without an instructor.
The primary focus is decision training (i.e., cueing) when to initiate a blood transfusion, place a chest tube, or complete a cricothyrotomy. Therefore, the user can practice and receive feedback on advanced trauma life support (ATLS) and tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) repeatedly without an instructor being present.
The experience is built around engaging simulations requiring active decision making to manage patients with the top battlefield killers: airway obstruction, tension pneumothorax, and hemorrhage.
VIRTUAL REALITY IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AS A MEDICAL SIMULATION TRAINING PLATFORM
Recent advancements have rendered this technology increasingly portable and visually realistic.
Several groups have created models that recreate current simulation lab environments with instructor input. While these systems increase training opportunities, decrease equipment needs, and offer broad potential, they still require a skilled trainer to ‘prompt the system.’ Removing this limitation increases scalability and accessibility while mitigating training resource burden.
We created, to our knowledge, the only simulator that would offer immediate autonomous feedback to users through both real-time patient physiologic responses and overall grading.
BENEFITS OF TRAUMA SIMULATOR
SELECT A TRAINING GOAL / SIMULATION PLAN
Trauma Simulator is complex medical decision trainer, which can be placed in an endless number of environments and internally scaled to multiple patients.
The user is presented with an unstable trauma patient with a random injury. The physiology engine settings are selected to result in the patient’s death in 2-2.5 minutes, if the player does not identify the injury and complete appropriate intervention.
The user must keep the patient alive for a minimum of 5 minutes. This is our primary endpoint for the user. Additional factors such as hand washing, complete assessments are tracked/graded, but do not affect the patient’s immediate survival. One hundred and thirty standard trauma care actions are also available and tracked.