Hospitals in Australia are starting to utilise virtual reality technology in practising life-saving procedures, cutting down the training time from months to days.
In an interview with Healthcare IT News, Australian VR startup Vantari VR said four tertiary hospitals have been using its VR training platform in critical care, including Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Nepean Hospital.
Using flight-simulator technology, Vantari VR provides medical training using a VR headset and laptop. Its modules cover 90% of medical procedures as part of doctors’ core training and deliver steps that are recommended by college guidelines.
In its partner hospitals, junior doctors and trainees were tasked to perform three to five sessions of procedures using the Vantari VR platform before they could perform the procedure on patients.
In Fiona Stanley Hospital, for example, over 20 registrars have been educated to perform chest…