PPE Training Simulator
A modular training platform that allows you to educate healthcare professionals and manage their educational progress.
The VR training simulator demonstrates a correct approach to three key hygiene practices for healthcare workers: hand washing (hand hygiene, hand scrubs) , putting on (donning), and taking off (doffing) personal protective equipment (PPE). Motion capture examines each movement of a trainee and helps the VR application to determine an accuracy of the exercise performance.
The training simulator helps healthcare workers to consolidate learning of Personal Protective Equipment donning & doffing and hand washing through practical application. Trainings has been developed according to CDC and WHO guidelines and include information from these sources.
The contamination of medical workers is one of the most acute problems for medical institutions. Numerous studies show that although PPE donning and doffing are basic practices, many health professionals perform them incorrectly. As a result, even perfectly designed Personal Protective Equipment items can’t protect the HCW.
Above all, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian Hospital (2017) discovered that healthcare personnel contaminated themselves in almost 80 percent of the PPE simulations. The most contaminated areas for both simple and full-body sets were hands and fingers followed by arm-wrist and face. The same findings were confirmed by the complex study for Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
Moreover, a clinical study has found evidence of healthcare workers (HCW) who have been contaminated because of improper donning and doffing practice. The only way to solve this issue is to held trainings, but they often take a back seat in the US ICUs because of shrinking budgets and lack of time.
The consequences of such an irresponsible attitude to the process of undressing healthcare workers was a high level of Ebola infection in 2014. Similarly, we have such situation during the coronavirus pandemic. If there’s one silver lining to the Covid-19 panic, it’s that it brought more attention to the need for proper PPE and training in the United States.
Trainees who were given VR simulator for the procedure completed it 20% faster and completed 38% more steps correctly than those in the traditionally trained group.
Hand hygiene performing is the first step of our PPE VR Training. It is based on CDC guidelines and provides washing hands with soap and water for at least 1 minute. The VR training contains 14 steps and helps to clean hands precisely, especially to wash such problem areas as between fingers or around nails.
In addition, our simulator involves the usage of motion capture technology and gloves with controllers for very accurate hands recognition and the ability to provide users with a life-like experience. Above all, motion sensors record every movement and check how accurately and correctly steps of handwashing are performed. In case of a mistake the app signals about it and shows the proper way.
The next stage is PPE donning, which involves the correct performing of gowning and gloving. Our PPE VR simulator shows and then verifies in which order you perform putting on key personal protective equipment: isolation gown, NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator, face shield, and gloves. We understand that in many cases, donning and doffing the PPE requires up to 35 separate steps and the assistance to ensure it’s done properly. However, we’re always open to customizing this VR simulator according to your needs.
The last and most significant stage of PPE applying due to high risks of contamination. There are several alternatives to removing and disposing of protective equipment for preventing skin, clothes, or membranes infecting. PPE VR Simulator teaches HCW to don PPE in such order: gloves, face shield, gown, and respirator. The last step is to wash hands properly. This doffing approach is based on the CDC guides, but we’re ready to design this practice according to your internal procedure.
Why PPE Training Simulator is suitable for you?
By developing the program, SmartTek was guided by the needs of hospital staff and health professionals. As a result, their team created an extended modular system. It allows you to customize the simulator as much as possible according to the training needs of training facilities. In particular, they have the following modules:
You can track the learning progress of each user. In particular, how much time is spent on exercises, which of them took the most time, what mistakes are made, etc.
You have every opportunity to add content – in the form of text, video or image, as well as making quizzes to check the knowledge of employees.
This option allows to add an unlimited number of users to the curriculum and assign them roles. For instance, you can add staff to moderate training and set aside responsibilities for each user. Additionally, you can create an account for each employee who will be trained, so you’re able to see full training statistics of each person.
This module allows the creation of an unlimited number of tasks to test employees undergoing training. You can issue quizzes in different forms for any content. As a result, you can transfer the entire training program to a virtual environment and make it more convenient and accessible to employees because they can study completely remotely.
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