April 16, 2020 – SimX has announced the immediate availability of two free multiplayer virtual reality training cases focused on the evaluation and management of COVID-19. SimX states that these cases, which were developed by emergency department doctors working in virus hot zones in Washington and California, US, allow doctors, nurses, and others to practice PPE, triage, evaluation, and inpatient treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The cases can be downloaded and used free of charge by any hospital or training program with Oculus Quest or HTC Vive devices and can be found here.
COVID-19 has placed unprecedented strain on healthcare systems and clinical education. As hospitals and clinics around the world focus their efforts on fighting the pandemic, opportunities for clinical training and education are diminished due to the lack of availability of clinical educators and the need to establish social distancing and avoid in-person contact, according to SimX.
As a result, the company has created unique cases that immerse learners in front line care. With constantly evolving guidance and protocol, the cases are designed to allow institutions to train their staff using their own guidelines. SimX also plans to continue to release more free content to help prepare frontline staff.
SimX’s states that its virtual reality medical simulation platform is used around the world and by institutions including Mayo Clinic, Stanford, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, the US Air Force, and many others. It allows trainees to work together in multiplayer virtual reality cases whilst located either in the same physical space or from the safety of their own homes. SimX’s system allows for a “holodeck-like” experience without dropdown menus or virtual selections. Users talk and interact with virtual patients in the same way that they would in real life.
According to the company, its SimX Scenario System allows for rapid development of new training materials and cases, and instant deployment to all learners. SimX is also offering discounts for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis in order to ensure that medical education systems are able to continue to train the providers on the front line and beyond.
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