If you follow Scienceroll closely, you know well how much I support the opportunities provided by Second Life, the virtual world, that can be an additional e-learning tool in medical education. I have two new reasons for that:
- America’s Army Training Missions: America’s Army is one of the most popular computer games in the world. An excertp from the official page:
Mission: Provide the Army with highly motivated, disciplined, warrior spirit Health Care Specialists, 68W, who are National Registry EMT-B certified, possessing the additional necessary medical skills to sustain the force, survive the battlefield and accomplish the mission.
When Army physicians aren’t available, the 68W is authorized to step in to provide basic and emergency medical treatment to injured or wounded Soldiers in need of immediate treatment.
The 68W is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment, limited primary care and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness. Some of your duties are; administering emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties, assisting with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment, preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis, and preparing patients, operating rooms, equipment and supplies for surgery.
With Forterra’s OLIVE Platform, realistic virtual emergency departments, operating rooms, reception areas, and even entire health-care facilities can be built to support a wide range of training applications.
Extending interdisciplinary emergency and operating room teamwork skills, EMCRM (Emergency Medicine Crisis Resource Management) training, developing patient interactions skills, and preparing for mass-casualty incidents can all be accomplished in the virtual environment.
Forterra is conducting sponsored research into applying multiplayer game technology to medical first responder training. This work will lead to a wide range of training applications in a variety of industries including the military where the contemporary operating environment requires combat medics to use their skills in team-based multi-cultural settings that include extending emergency medical care to the civilian population.
I’m thrilled! If you’re not, please take a look at these posts: