Virtual reality

Virtual reality has potential to change airway management training – Healio




Rabito R, et al. The Future is Present: Immersive Virtual Reality in Medical Education. Presented at: CHEST Annual Meeting; Oct. 17-20, 2021 (virtual meeting).

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Virtual reality is being used in medicine to improve airway education and training.

New research presented at the CHEST Annual Meeting demonstrated that the LumetoXR virtual reality (VR) simulation platform was easily adopted by users, showed encouraging efficacy results and yielded strong learner confidence.

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“The pandemic brought about a strong need for remote education — to be present without being present,” Ali Hafiz, MD, internist and co-chair of the panel, said in a CHEST press release. “Airway management is of the utmost importance, and this software provides the same team-based approach to decision-making that a physician would experience in a real-life scenario.”

Lumeto, a Toronto-based VR and immersive reality company of specialists focused on education and how these technologies can enhance and evolve training and education in health and safety sectors, partnered with The American College of CHEST Physicians to create a VR platform whereby clinician team members can engage with each other, make decisions and perform procedures on patients to gain new skills and knowledge.

“Cognitive skills [and] scenario-based learning … are things that have always been the promise of virtual reality, but only now in the last few years has the technology evolved to the point where we think it could have a real impact in the market,” Raja Khanna, Lumeto CEO, co-founder and board chair, said during a presentation.

How it works

Earlier this year, Lumeto developed the InvolveXR VR intubation simulation, informed by CHEST’s curriculum to address the need for safe and effective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company press release. Using CHEST’s APPROACH Checklist for Airway Management, participants are led through the simulation by a remote instructor and are guided through the steps required to perform a successful intubation using video laryngoscopy in an intoxicated patient, according to the release.

In the platform, trainers use their console to operate a scenario, from a 2D screen, and manage and change the scenario and patient attributes and communicate with the learners. On the console, the trainer can observe the learners in the room and show them the bedside monitor for relevant patient vital signs. Intuitive physiology engines allow responses to learner actions including medicine administration and bagging. Trainers can also use their checklist to confirm each critical action performed by the learners and the toggle checklist, which shows the algorithm checklist to the …….