Article posted on: March 20, 2017
Life-threatening paediatric emergencies are rare, but if they happen, a lot is at stake. Proper training of nurses and doctors is mandatory, since no parents will want hospital staff to train on their child. Virtual reality could provide experiential learning environments that are in many ways superior to mannequin-based training in conventional ER labs.
You cannot learn to swim without going into the water. What is true in the world of aquatics also holds true for the world of paediatric emergency care. Doctors and nurses who take care of children in life-threatening emergency situations have to know literally hundreds of processes and hand movements by heart in order to be as quick and as error-free as possible in dealing with the precious child. Books and online resources can help to acquire certain knowledge, but they can never replace the real thing.
This is a problem, because acceptable-for-all scenarios for students to practice emergency care in real paediatric emergencies are difficult to implement. Adult emergency care is far easier to learn in real environments. This is because adults don’t have nervous parents with them, and also because there is usually more time available in adult emergencies. Children tend to die quicker.
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