CNN: Doctors and nurses are using VR to learn skills to treat coronavirus patients. “As hospitals worldwide face severe shortages of health professionals, people are being called off the sidelines to help COVID-19 patients — even those with little to no experience in treating infectious diseases. To train thousands of doctors and nurses with expertise in other areas such as knee surgery or neurology — and retired practitioners reentering the medical field — some hospitals are implementing an unlikely method: virtual reality simulations.”
Medmastery: The 1 Million Ventilator Staffing Challenge. “Our goal is to train 1 million medical professionals to confidently use ventilators in an ICU so they can save lives—possibly yours. This is where the toughest battles against COVID-19 are being fought. Freeventilatortraining.org is a series of online courses on how to use a ventilator (powered by Medmastery). In under 24 hours, these courses take medical professionals, unfamiliar with the ICU environment, and cross train them to save a life with a ventilator. These courses are free and can be completed from home on any device.”
Duke University: Doctor Dolls, Coming Soon In 3-D . “If the board game ‘Operation’ had a 3-D action figure, this might be it. It was an ivory model of a pregnant woman, small enough to fit someone’s outstretched hands, complete with movable arms and a hollow torso holding tiny hand-carved organs. On a recent spring morning, Duke Libraries’ Rachel Ingold and Erin Hammeke prepared the 300-plus-year-old sculpture for an X-ray scan.”
Stanford: Digital archive of antique wax figures becomes a teaching tool. “Huddled over a virtual dissection table, Stanford medical students zoomed in on glistening muscles and nerves in the neck by swiping their fingers across the giant touchscreen designed to visualize an entire body in three dimensions. What they were looking at, however, were not virtual renderings of human anatomy, or even images of the real thing; rather, they were examining high-resolution photographs of wax models made between the mid-17th and mid-19th centuries.” Warning: these wax models could be deeply disturbing.
This is fascinating! In development: a digital library of artery sounds. “The grant will enable the construction of a digital database of the different foot and leg artery sounds – plus sounds from the groin and behind the knee – recorded during the Doppler ultrasound procedure. [Andrew Sharpe] will then select the best and most representative sounds and hold discussions with expert clinicians on how to interpret them. Case histories accompanying each sound will form part of his library, which will be obtainable via the web. It is also planned to develop a smartphone app.”