Using Virtual Reality to Train Healthcare Professionals

Learning medical techniques can take many forms, viewing, practicing, reading and now… virtual reality (VR) training. Other industries also use virtual reality training because by using virtual reality, training takes place in a safe environment for both the person being trained but also for the patients they are caring for. “You can walk into a virtual hospital and take care of the patients. And it feels like a real scenario, a real realistic world,” said Jenny Logenius, Global Brand Manager Essity Hygiene and Health. Infection control today® (TIC®) in an exclusive interview.

During the Clean Hospitals Day Conference held on October 20, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, Logenius will participate in several symposia on hand hygiene, virtual reality (VR) and the development of Torq VR Clean Hands training. .

Logenius said TIC® in the interview that she believes that [the audience] can see the importance of having this strategy fully implemented, that they see that there are new ways of doing training that did not exist before. So you don’t have to do any training like you haven’t for 30 years, there are new ways that can change and are much more engaging for people using it. And achieving behavioral change is very important. It’s a revelation of what they can do because the workouts are developed completely differently where you’re so active.

“As we have seen, the level of commitment has a huge role to play. There is something called the learning cone. This means that if you are more passive, if you read something, you remember it, maybe 10%. If you see and hear something, you may remember 50% of it. But if you fake something, or if you do it in real life, you remember up to 90% of it. That’s what we can achieve with these digital tools because you’re so active and engaged and using the mind in a different way.

Logenius recalled that this new type of formation is not a replacement but a complement to the formations currently used. “Furthermore, I hope the takeaway is also that these are more effective tools to use because you have to train both night staff and day staff, and it’s difficult for them to find the time to do training. These digital tools can help you because you can use them anywhere on any device whenever you want, [even] Ready to go.

These IR trainings are free and available to both healthcare professionals and laypersons. To access the training directly, you can go to this site. To find the trainings in Oculus, please search AppLab for Tork VR Clean Hands training.

These quotes have been edited for length and clarity. See the video for the whole interview.

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