Developing Virtual Reality Simulations for Office-Based Medical Emergencies

Authors

  • Alexander J. Lemheney, Ed.D. Lehigh Valley Health Network. Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center. 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor, Allentown PA 18103. Phone 610-402-2315 Fax 610-402-2203, alexander_j.lemheney@lvhn.org
  • William F. Bond, M.D. University of Illinois College of Medicine OSF HealthCare. Jump Simulation and Education Center. 1306 N. Berkley Avenue, Peoria IL 61603.
  • Jason C. Paden Lehigh Valley Health Network. Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center. 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor, Allentown PA 18103.
  • Matthew W. LeClair, M.S. B. Braun Medical, Inc. 824 12th Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
  • Jeannine N. Miller, M.S.N. Lehigh Valley Health Network. Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center. 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor, Allentown PA 18103.
  • Mary T. Susko, M.H.A. Lehigh Valley Physicians Group, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown PA 18103.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4101/jvwr.v9i1.7184

Keywords:

virtual reality simulation, office-based medical emergencies, design-based research, medical simulation

Abstract

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 from video recordings and debriefings. Three office-based emergency scenarios were created (chest pain, respiratory distress/allergic reaction, and suicidal risk), with progressively smaller changes to the virtual environment with each iterative improvement. In total, 18 individuals representative of a typical outpatient office interprofessional care team participated in the pilot study. Qualitative design-related feedback from participants and faculty improved the educational environment, artifacts, and scenarios. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic about the use of virtual reality-based simulations to explore teamwork, build scope of practice, and rehearse infrequently used clinical skills. We successfully created novel outpatient virtual reality simulations in a first-person-perspective virtual environment. Pilot testing revealed successful rapid development, implementation, and participant orientation, with the ability to present learning opportunities. Future efforts will include assessments and attempt to overcome development barriers by switching to a more versatile platform.

Author Biographies

Alexander J. Lemheney, Ed.D., Lehigh Valley Health Network. Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center. 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor, Allentown PA 18103. Phone 610-402-2315 Fax 610-402-2203, alexander_j.lemheney@lvhn.org

Alexander Lemheney EdD is currently a hospital Administrator of the Division of Education at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

William F. Bond, M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine OSF HealthCare. Jump Simulation and Education Center. 1306 N. Berkley Avenue, Peoria IL 61603.

William Bond MD, MS currently serves as Director of Research for the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, an OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria collaboration.

Jason C. Paden, Lehigh Valley Health Network. Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center. 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor, Allentown PA 18103.

Jason Paden graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with his B.S in Computer Science.

Matthew W. LeClair, M.S., B. Braun Medical, Inc. 824 12th Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Matthew LeClair MEd is a passionate, creative, results-driven educator whom is committed to lifelong learning and professional growth.

Jeannine N. Miller, M.S.N., Lehigh Valley Health Network. Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center. 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor, Allentown PA 18103.

Jeannine Miller MSN has been a RN for more than 25 years working at both the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center and the Reading Hospital Medical Center. She has worked inpatient and hospice.
Virtual reality simulations for office-based medical emergencies

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Published

2016-04-10

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Peer Reviewed Research Papers