Medical students at Duke University are using a new virtual game-based tool to learn from their mistakes without a life depending on it.
With the latest in life-like patient simulation labs, healthcare students and professionals can get hands-on experience in making life-saving decisions.
For students without access to those labs, a gaming system simulates the technology.
“So what this type of platform offers is a way to practice no matter where they are,” said Dr. Jeff Taekman, the director of human simulation and patient safety at Duke.
Taekman says this virtual gaming system – developed by Applied Research Associates specifically for Duke – offers scenarios where a patient’s life depends on teamwork, rapid response and good decisions.
“In this particular situation we can have different providers playing different roles. They can be an anesthesiologist, an OB/GYN, or a nurse, learning without any risk to the patient,” Dr. Allen Mask said.
One simulation tests reactions to a patient who suffers bleeding during pregnancy – a problem that kills 140,000 women every year worldwide.
“It’s important to recognize quickly when a patient needs to be transfused under these circumstances,” said Dr. Evelyn Lockhart with Duke Transfusion services.
“You can see actually the blood loss is starting,” said Taekman.
Participants can get patient feedback and choose appropriate drugs.