February 23, 2023 – GigXR, Inc., a global provider of holographic healthcare training, has today announced the release of its new ‘Basic Life Support’ (BLS) module for its HoloScenarios mixed reality (MR) application. Created in partnership with Morlen Health, a subsidiary of Northwest Permanente, P.C., the hyper-immersive holographic training module delivers lifelike realism to enhance learning and retention of critical skills required to provide Basic Life Support, according to GigXR.
The new module uses mixed reality to accurately simulate the urgency of providing immediate care to a patient requiring Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Learners can see and interact with both a hyper-realistic hologram patient experiencing cardiac arrest and the medical equipment, such as AED devices, enabling lifelike, safe-to-fail collaboration between participants and the patient in their real-world environments.
Delivered by the Gig Immersive Learning Platform, the module provides the option for instructors to remotely train first responders, healthcare providers, medical and nursing students, public safety professionals, and community members. Learners can join lessons from the same or disparate physical locations – whether in simulation lab, classroom or at-home study space – while still seeing the same hologram.
“Partnering with GigXR to create the HoloScenarios: Basic Life Support module enables us to teach the full range of needed ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills using a hyper-realistic patient, and, for the first time, merge multiple mixed reality applications within simulation and anatomy for deeper learning,” said Patricia Ramos, MD, MCRP, Medical Director, Center for Innovative Medical Simulation and Senior Emergency Physician at Kaiser Permanente Northwest.
The module has two scenarios, each of which allows instructors to choose varying degrees of difficulty to meet individual training requirements or environments. Instructors can also use complementary applications delivered by the platform for deeper exploration of the anatomy and physiology behind the conditions that drive the need for BLS or to reinforce anatomical reasons for actions within BLS. For example, instructors can use HoloHuman to show why AED pad placement is crucial if it’s necessary to shock the heart. Structurally accurate holograms and animations of the heart detail the physical impacts of various heart diseases on the organ itself.
According to Micah Thorp, MD, DO, President of Morlen Health and Vice President of Business Strategy for Northwest Permanente, traditional CPR training and simulation labs often require significant resources both at the infrastructure and faculty level. By partnering with GigXR, it will allow medical groups to deliver highly immersive holographic training on a global scale while making it more easily accessible for instructors and learners.
HoloScenarios: Basic Life Support is the newest addition to the Gig Immersive Learning Platform’s rapidly expanding catalog of mixed reality applications. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Neurology scenarios are currently in development with GigXR partners Morlen Health and the University of Michigan, and other blue chip healthcare institutions are currently poised to continue expanding applications, according to the company. Furthermore, all of GigXR’s existing and future modules are designed to work together to reinforce learning objectives, allowing instructors to leverage multiple applications in a single lesson for in-depth training.
“We are honored to partner with Morlen Health to expand training content within our HoloScenarios application and to use immersive technology to democratize levels of realism that can supplement – and sometimes replace – traditional simulation methods,” said Jared Mermey, CEO, GigXR.
HoloScenarios: Basic Life Support is available for purchase starting today. For more information on GigXR and its mixed reality medical training solutions, please visit the company’s website.
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