Training system for medical first responders

Training system for medical first responders

Together with partners in the EU project “MED1STMR”, the Austrian Institute for Technology (AIT) is developing a novel mixed reality training system that optimally prepares medical first responders for their assignments. […]

With the help of a novel training system, medical first responders are made fit for use. (c) SUMMA SERMAS

The Horizon 2020 research project MED1stMR improves current training practices in order to optimally prepare medical first responders for stressful and highly complex disaster situations. For this purpose, an innovative mixed reality (MR) technology is being developed, where real training simulators are combined with virtual environments. A multidisciplinary, international consortium, coordinated by the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Technology Experience, received 7.8 million euros in funding from Horizon 2020.

Research project improves training of medical first responders in Europe

Medical first responders are confronted with an increasing number of disasters that result in a large number of injured people. In such situations, they have to make diagnoses or take life support measures to stabilize the victims until further assistance arrives. The correct assessment of the situation and the monitoring of the state of health of many injured people are special challenges.

Innovative mixed reality technology

The recently launched EU project MED1stMR is developing a new mixed reality training system that will be used in the training of medical first responders. The aim is to achieve a high degree of reality by combining scenario-based and medical training. The MED1stMR training solution increases the reaction time, improves the ability to act and the coping strategies of medical first responders. The project combines the latest technological solutions with top-class research in this area in order to sustainably improve emergency medical training.

Combine Training in a real and virtual environment

Helmut Schrom-Feiertag (AIT), Coordinator of MED1stMR, emphasizes the relevance of the project: “The correct assessment of situations and the choice of the best strategy for the treatment of many injured are challenges in the current emergency medical education. Training opportunities for such scenarios are limited. We want to close this gap with the MR training solution developed in MED1stMR. We bring real simulation dolls into the virtual training in order to train decision-making as well as medical skills and to prepare the emergency services in the best possible way for emergency situations.“

New generation of MR training developed

The project is developing a new generation of MR training that provides improved, haptic feedback by integrating patient simulation dolls and medical equipment into the virtual environment. In this way, the trainees can immerse themselves in virtual scenarios and feel and perceive both bodies, movements and reactions during the examination and treatment of the simulated injured. In order to improve the effectiveness of MR training, a feedback loop for physiological signals and the behavior of the exercisers is integrated for real-time control of the scenarios. This is achieved through the use of portable body sensors, with the help of which the condition and behavior of the exercisers during training can be monitored. Together with a scientific model of effective performance in medical emergencies, the data make it possible to adapt the training to the needs of the trainee.

A team of nineteen European project partners from research institutions, medical first aid organizations, business and technology companies will work on the project for three years, which was financed with funds from Horizon 2020 of the European Union for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No. 101021775.

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