Virtual Reality Immerses Northwestern Medicine Clinicians in Realistic Training Simulations While Remaining Physically Distant
Sep 18, 2020 2:48 PM -
Hands-on training for clinicians usually requires the medical team to surround a patient. However, with COVID-19 recommendations encouraging physical distance as much as possible, the professional development team at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., is using of a virtual reality (V/R) system for simulation training. Teams of nurses, doctors and clinical staff are donning V/R headsets that immerse them in realistic treatment scenarios. Hand held controllers allow the team to perform assessments and interact with a virtual patient who can be programmed to have just about any medical condition and a full range of symptoms.