Portland Community College uses VR to train Emergency Medical Services students.

Portland Community College uses VR to train Emergency Medical Services students.

“This Simulation Center is designed to let us run simulations that begin with the 911 call including dispatch,” said Robert Victorino. “We use radios to dispatch students. The first environment is a simulated residence. The student can treat the patient in the residence, we can move the simulated patient into the back of the ambulance and from there we can move into the emergency room. The value of simulation in health care training is immense. It allows for both computer-based and VR headset delivery of EMS scenarios. VR in health care training has been around for probably 10 years, but platforms specifically for EMS have been nonexistent or very limited. As the technology and programming have become cheaper, it has opened up VR to our discipline.”