Virtual reality trauma simulation training technology for medical students, healthcare personnel and military personnel

An SME from Latvia has developed a virtual reality trauma simulation technology as a tool for training of medical students, residents, healthcare professionals and physicians and military personnel. The SME offers research and/or technical cooperation agreement to research institutions, medical simulation centres, SMEs and other stakeholders for involvement in case studies for testing the technology efficiency or development of training courses to specific users.
The virtual training is important in cases when training in real environment is problematic or can cause serious disasters, e.g. in aviation where flight simulators are used for training of pilots. Comparable situation is in case of trauma, when immediate decisions and actions of aid providers are of critical importance. Virtual simulators for training of aid providers can be used to help trainees memorize what actions have to be taken in a given situation and prepare them for critical emergency situations. Medical simulation, or more broadly, healthcare simulation, is a branch of simulation related to education and training in medical fields of various industries. Simulations can be held in the classroom, in situational environments, or in spaces built specifically for simulation practice. It can involve simulated human patients - artificial, human or a combination of the two, educational documents with detailed simulated animations, casualty assessment in homeland security and military situations, emergency response, and support virtual health functions with holographic simulation. In the past, its main purpose was to train medical professionals to reduce error during surgery, prescription, crisis interventions, and general practice. Combined with methods in debriefing, it is now also used to train students in anatomy, physiology, and communication during their schooling. Specifically, in trauma field exist Advanced trauma life support (ATLS) program. It is a training program for medical providers in the management of acute trauma cases, developed by the American College of Surgeons. Similar programs exist for immediate care providers such as paramedics. The program has been adopted worldwide in over 60 countries. Its goal is to teach a simplified and standardized approach to trauma patients. Originally designed for emergency situations where only one doctor and one nurse are present, ATLS is now widely accepted as the standard of care for initial assessment and treatment in trauma centres. The premise of the ATLS program is to treat the greatest threat to life first. It also advocates that the lack of a definitive diagnosis and a detailed history should not slow the application of indicated treatment for life-threatening injury, with the most time-critical interventions performed early. However, there is no high-quality evidence to show that ATLS improves patient outcomes as it has not been studied. An SME from Latvia has developed alternative 3D software technology which sets a new technological standard that combines the life-like human anatomical visualizations with an unparalleled, immersive, and real-time virtual reality clinical training experience what saves time and resources. A proprietary virtual reality trauma management decision trainer runs on a laptop, off the network, does not need an instructor to be present. The technology helps to improve trauma management skills for healthcare providers, doctors, nurses and physicians. The combination of interactive interface and a real-world feel tests the user's ability to identify the injuries, perform a physical assessment, prioritize the injuries, and make decisions in real-time. Virtual reality analytics and metrics built into the system give insight into the user's performance, such as the time spent on interventions, correct or incorrect sequence of actions, and the medical devices and tools used. The company seeks for research cooperation agreement. Other collaboration options would be considered.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
Any type of stakeholder - research institution, medical simulation centre SME, etc. Role of partner sought - participation in case studies using trauma simulator, verification the efficiency of the technology. Other collaboration options are possible.
Stage of Development: 
Available for demonstration
IPR Status: 
Secret Know-how
Comments Regarding IPR Status: 
Trademark registration in the USA is in process
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