Two doctors from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) teamed up with AiSolve and Bioflight VR to create a virtual trauma room, complete with nurse, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and distraught parents. Once inside the headset, doctors are debriefed by an EMT on the patient’s status. They can check vital signs and access medication options. They then have to quickly assess and execute the best course of action.
There is a time element here, too. If, say, a child’s airway is closing, every moment matters. As Dr. Marie Lafortune, one of the first people to try it, says, “In VR, you have the emotional stress. It gets your heart racing, your palms are sweaty. You need to refocus with these elements there, so this mirrors what you are going to feel … in a real life emergency.”
VR creates the opportunity to fail without consequences, to get mistakes out of the way in training so when an emergency situation arises in real life, doctors won’t be facing it for the first time.