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About The Course:

Kevin is a 47-year-old male with a serious case of pneumonia. He has been admitted with breathing difficulty and must be intubated.

Intubation is a delicate process that involves passing a tube into a person’s airway. It requires well-trained hands that can perform the process swiftly and safely, especially in emergencies if a patient’s condition is deteriorating rapidly.

This multiplayer VR simulation allows learners to practice the procedure and collaborate in a photorealistic virtual environment with a virtual patient, polish their skills and be prepared for real-life emergencies.

Learning Objective:
  • Setting the posture of the patient, pre-oxygenation and premediating the patient
  • Inserting the laryngoscope and endotracheal tube correctly
  • Confirming the placement of the ET tube
Reference:
  • Wiegand, D. (2017). AACN Procedure Manual for High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). AARC Practice Guideline: Removal of the Endotracheal Tube – revision & update. Respiratory Care, 52(1), 81–93.

Core Skills Training

Patient Preparation

To ensure a successful and smooth procedure, preparation must be fool-proof. Every step needs to be performed meticulously. It involves steps like setting the posture of the patient, pre-oxygenation and premediating the patient. The learners can discuss the steps, help each other, and collaboratively perform the tasks. This VR simulation, with adequate and appropriate affordances, helps learners perform the task efficiently. Prompt feedback assists in correcting any wrong step. Detailed instructions help understand the process and ensure completion of every step involved in the procedure.

Intubation

The process of endotracheal intubation involves inserting the laryngoscope followed by the endotracheal tube. It is also important to ensure the correct placement of the tube in the trachea. As part of this VR simulation, learners perform the procedure in a virtual environment with a virtual patient. The affordances provided in the simulation assist the learners in completing the task effectively. Instant feedback helps identify errors and correct them instantly. Well laid out instructions provide proper understanding of the procedure and encourage successful completion.