Virtual Reality Brings Critical New Training Tools to Medical Air Transport Teams

A critically injured patient lays at the base of a cliff on an inaccessible mountainside. A plane or automobile crash occurs in a remote area too far from medical help to give those needing treatments a reasonable chance for survival. In these kinds of situations, a well-trained air transport team is often the only way to gain the precious seconds needed to achieve a positive outcome.

The key words here are “well-trained.” The speed and accessibility gained by transporting patients with a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft do no good if the medical personnel on board aren’t well-versed in the procedures and challenges inherent in air transport.

Over the past decade, In-Situ Training has become the favored method of giving emergency medical personnel the optimal learning experience. But that training often does not address a medical’s team’s biggest challenge, treating a patient while airborne. Recently, a Sikorsky S76 flight simulator was equipped to simulate these types of conditions at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, but utilizing this single piece of technology requires attending that university, an expense that’s not a standard budget item for most training programs.

However, an affordable, thorough medical air transport training tool, utilizing revolutionary immersive virtual reality (VR) technology is now available from 360immersive. VR technology is an effective, low-cost complement to established practices that allows trainees to experience real-world situations without leaving the training room. It is fast becoming the new supplemental standard for content provided by a live presenter, online training, or situation-based simulations, and 360immersive is one of the leading companies in the U.S. with the professional expertise to apply VR technology to medical air transport and other types of first-responder training.

Simply by downloading an app to a current mobile phone, trainees can see and hear everything ahead, behind, to the right, to the left, and every point of the compass in-between. And because they are fully immersed in this 360-degree world of sight and sound via an inexpensive VR headset, they can feel the movement of the aircraft as well. This increased level of situational connectivity results in a higher level of engagement and a proven increase in lesson retention at a lower cost.

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  • VR offers increased training program sustainability efforts.

  • Eliminate variation in your training curriculum using VR.

  • Challenge the status quo of traditional training methods.