Virtual Reality Helps Fla. EMS Providers Prepare for Peds
In an EMS training program that combines his concerns for pediatric EMS delivery and rural EMS education, Felix Marquez, CEO of the Orlando Medical Institute (OMI), has traveled with his team throughout Florida using the latest technology for education delivery: virtual reality (VR).
OMI teamed up with Health Scholars, which provides VR medical training, and created a pediatric emergency assessment training solution used by OMI.
Using funding from a Florida rural EMS grant, OMI purchased 10 Oculus headsets through Health Scholars.
“[Health Scholars] created all the technology with scenarios they vetted through the American Academy of Pediatrics,” Marquez says of the AI-assisted, voice-directed clinical training for pediatric emergencies.
Pediatric patients are in a low-volume, high-risk category with accompanying quality assurance concerns, he notes.
“We wanted to look at it from a hospital’s perspective,” says Marquez. “When we deliver these pediatric patients, what are we missing that becomes critical?
“I can sit there with my students with no stress, run them through a scenario, and they’ll tell me everything they should do,” he says. “Once we add the element of stress …
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