Simulation-based education (SBE), with deliberate practice as a teaching tool, has been shown to be superior to traditional clinical education for acquisition of a wide range of medical skills. With the recent technological advances in virtual reality (VR) hardware in terms of graphic ability, portability and cost, there is increasing interest in the use of VR in SBE. The traditional Halsted’s educational model of “see one, do one, teach one” has held a prominent place in the teaching of all surgical specialities. The same educational model has been applied by other medical disciplines, but it is insufficient in terms of patient safety with trainees learning by practising on real patients. SBE does not expose patients to avoidable and preventable errors and thus may improve patient safety and comfort. Virtual reality technology has previously been used by various medical disciplines, as an educational tool. The majority of VR use has been in the areas of surgical, gynaecological and gastrointestinal procedural training. There are currently very few studies looking at task-based virtual reality training, or the management of deteriorating patients, in anaesthesia. There are a number of advantages in the use of VR and these include repeatability, portability, self-directed learning, data collection, and cost. Human elements such as instant feedback, rewards, competition, scalability, standardisation and convenience. The Virtual Reality Insertion of Chest-drain Outcomes Research (VICTOR) study will compare the traditional teaching of chest drain insertion against an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) training system.
December 4 @ 15:50
15:50 — 16:50 (1h)

Dr Robert Swart – Anaesthetist at Fiona Stanley Hospital