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Developing Virtual Reality Simulations For Office-Based Medical Emergencies, Alexander J. Lemheney, William F. Bond, Jason C. Padon, Matthew W. Leclair, Jeannine N. Miller, Mary T. Susko Apr 2016

Developing Virtual Reality Simulations For Office-Based Medical Emergencies, Alexander J. Lemheney, William F. Bond, Jason C. Padon, Matthew W. Leclair, Jeannine N. Miller, Mary T. Susko

Department of Education

Virtual reality simulation may significantly benefit a geographically dispersed learner demographic in the medical outpatient setting. Our research used an immersive virtual reality platform as a novel way to recreate high-risk medical scenarios targeted for office-based emergencies. Using a design-based research approach we designed virtual-reality-based simulation scenarios to prepare interprofessional office personnel for emergencies. Learners were connected using laptop computers, via a browser interface, with learner controlled team member avatars and educator controlled patient avatars. The virtual environment was modeled after a multi-provider healthcare office setting in a large suburban health network. Evaluation occurred via post-event surveys and feedback transcribed ...