Virtual Reality Helps EMS Teams Stay Current with New Tools and Procedures.


Ambulances are beginning to look more like mobile emergency rooms than the “horizontal taxi cabs,” they once were. Emergency medical service (EMS) teams now have at their disposal advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment, such as X-ray and ultrasound devices, electrocardiograms, as well as wireless communication equipment to forward the results of those tests to the hospital before the patient arrives.

Being able to understand the processes and procedures required to use this equipment with confidence and experience during an emergency incident can literally mean the difference between life-and-death. This is especially true of EMS teams in rural areas that are usually staffed primarily by part-time volunteers, in organizations that often find their training budgets stretched thin and which may not be exposed to low-incidence high-risk situations frequently.

While not intended to replace existing EMS training, immersive training using virtual reality (VR) technology is an effective, low-cost complement to established practices that allows trainees to experience real-world situations without leaving the training room. The VR training app 360immersive utilizes a current mobile phone and an inexpensive VR headset to create a high-intensity learning platform that puts the trainee “in the heart of the action,” allowing them to put what they’ve learned in the classroom to actual practice as many times as they need to. They can hone their skills on new equipment, new treatment techniques, and new technologies before they get to an actual emergency scene.

VR or Immersive training is fast becoming the new standard for content that supplements lessons provided by a live presenter, online training, or situation-based simulations. Training professionals are finding it far superior to traditional supplemental materials like tabletop demonstrations, live scenario-based simulations, or any content area that requires situational awareness.

360immersive is one of the leading companies in the U.S. with the professional expertise to apply virtual reality technology to first-responder training. Trainees can actually see and hear everything ahead, behind, to the right, to the left, and every point of the compass in-between. 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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  • Easy to integrate into existing training processes.

  • Increase program sustainability efforts.

  • Motivate compliance for refresher training.