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Virtual Reality: Camilla Sorensen at DFTB19


Imagine a world where you could teach CPR from a thousand miles away, a world where you can guide clinicians on the other side. In this groundbreaking talk from DFTB19, Camilla Sørensen tackles another side of virtual reality. This one involves the clinician as a power user.
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Bridging High-Tech Innovation with Pediatric CPR Training

In the realm of medical interventions, from low-tech to high-tech, Camilla Sorenson brings forth a groundbreaking approach to pediatric CPR training by integrating virtual reality (VR) technology. In this talk at DFTB19, she sheds light on the transformative potential of VR, offering a glimpse into a future where medical practitioners can immerse themselves in lifelike scenarios to enhance their skills.

Augmented Reality (AR): Enhancing the Training Landscape

The exploration kicks off with augmented reality (AR), a technology superimposing virtual layers onto the real world. Sorenson delves into the diverse applications of AR, from Microsoft HoloLens aiding in birthing simulations to smartphone apps enabling at-home CPR training. Despite its potential, she highlights the need for further research in pediatric healthcare.

Virtual Reality (VR): Immersive Learning for Enhanced CPR Training

Transitioning to virtual reality, Sorenson emphasizes the immersive nature of VR, where practitioners are fully engrossed in a virtual environment. Drawing on her study’s findings, she demonstrates the emotional engagement and improved outcomes witnessed in a group exposed to 360-degree videos during pediatric life support training.

Practical Applications: From Lifesaver VR to Advanced ACLS Scenarios

Sorenson showcases practical applications, such as the Lifesaver VR app for at-home CPR training and advanced scenarios allowing interaction with team members and patients. She envisions a future where VR becomes a cost-effective alternative, enabling immediate, objective, and personalized feedback.

Challenges and Dreams: Collaborating for a Brighter Future

While acknowledging challenges like motion sickness and the need for collaboration with the tech industry, Sorenson paints a visionary picture. She envisions flexible, repeatable, motivating, and safe training, urging the healthcare and tech sectors to work hand in hand to unlock the full potential of AR and VR technologies in CPR training. (Editor’s note – I was so excited when I watched this talk that I promptly bought myself a VR headset)
This talk was recorded live at DFTB19 in London, England. With the theme of  “The Journey” we wanted to consider the journeys our patients and their families go on, both metaphorical and literal. DFTB20 will be held in Brisbane, Australia. If you want our podcasts delivered straight to your listening device then subscribe to our iTunes feed or check out the RSS feed. If you are more a fan of the visual medium then subscribe to our YouTube channel. Please embrace the spirit of FOAMed and spread the word.
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