An open source hardware and software platform for veterinary immersive simulation training
Fletcher, Daniel J.; Kelleher, Terry; Weiner, David; International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference (5th : 2017 : Pretoria, South Africa); Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine
“Immersive” technology conveys the sense that participants are being immersed in a task or setting as they would if it were the real world. The benefits of immersive simulation are well documented in human medicine, and a robust industry producing a range of high fidelity human patient simulators (HPS) has resulted. HPS can be programmed to progress through a series of states determined by learner interventions, providing a realistic clinical environment in which trainees can explore treatment options, receive direct feedback from the HPS, and learn from mistakes in a safe environment. There are no comparable simulators on the veterinary market, and HPS are extremely expensive. To supply in this need a robust, expandable veterinary clinical simulation platform using Open Source software and off-the-shelf hardware was developed. This will be made available at no cost to the veterinary education community. The current design is a canine simulator with palpable pulses, auscultable heart and lung sounds and chest movements to mimic spontaneous respiration and sensors to detect positive pressure breaths and chest compressions. A patient monitor (ECG and end-tidal CO2 waveforms, and pulse oximetry, blood pressure and temperature displays) is provided to the learner. The instructor interface is accessible on any computer or mobile device and allows on-the-fly alterations in patient state and management of pre-programmed clinical scenarios. A companion web site will allow sharing of scenarios and extensions to the base functionality through an open source community, affording access to this powerful pedagogical approach to clinical training to a much broader audience than previously possible.
Poster presented at the 5th International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference, 10-12 April 2017, held at the Intundla Conference Venue, Pretoria, South Africa.
InVeST Proceedings 201726 Proceedings of the 5th International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference held by the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, 10-12 April 2017, Intundla Conference Venue, Pretoria, South Africa.