NYC Health + Hospitals launches Virtual Reality Obstetrics Technology as part of ongoing and comprehensive maternal health simulation training.
Simulation technology makes it easier for OB providers to access skills training
This effort is based on the commitment of the health care system
To address the differences in maternal mortality between people of color
New York, NY
NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the introduction of new virtual reality (VR) technology in the library of obstetrics (OB) simulation training courses. Developed in conjunction with Health Scholars, a provider of innovative VR health simulations, City Health System OB providers will be able to work on skills to detect and properly address rare but life-threatening health conditions in childbirth and at risk. delivery. New VR technology will complement training OB providers, including caregivers, midwives, nurses, and residents, to experience simulated scenarios from personalized training through a VR headset, improving skills, and promoting knowledge retention throughout their comfort. shifts. The new VR OB training technology is based on the municipal health system’s commitment to addressing maternal inequality among people of color, often perpetuated by implicit biases.
“We need to make sure that all expectant families do well and close the significant health inequalities associated with pregnancy that Black and Brown mothers have,” she said. New York Mayor Eric Adams. “By investing in technology, we are ensuring that health care providers know how to safely provide their children with life-threatening scenarios, ensuring that all expectant parents and children have access to the quality care they deserve.”
“We know that black women are disproportionately affected by maternal mortality and morbidity and we must use every opportunity to close these equity gaps,” she said. Anne Williams-Isom, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. “I’m excited to see NYC Health + Hospitals take advantage of technology and help their obstetricians and the New Yorkers they serve. These new tools are another part of the city’s efforts to provide safe and healthy births for all people and families waiting.”
“I am proud to say that NYC Health + Hospitals is a leader in virtual reality simulation training,” he said. NYC Health + Hospital Women’s Health Director Wendy Wilcox, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG. “Fortunately, it is not uncommon for serious conditions and life-threatening conditions during childbirth, childbirth and postpartum. However, it is essential to ensure that our suppliers have the necessary capabilities to deal with these critical situations. ”
“Being able to provide convenient, easily accessible, on-site, and realistic simulations is essential when you want to provide these important skill opportunities without interrupting patient care,” he said. NYC Health + Hospitals Nursing Simulation Director Kimberly Campbell-Taylor, MSN-Ed, RN, CHSE. “Providing a diverse set of high-tech simulations that not only portrays the medical scenario in a realistic way, but also reflects the nature of our staff and patients, is an important part of training our staff to provide the highest quality expert care.
VR technology transports providers to a set of labor and delivery where they can virtually interact with their patients and teammates using voice communications and real-time interactions. They need to lead the clinical team to make proper management according to their hospital protocol, and allow them to practice realistic cognitive skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and decision-making in a realistic way. The municipal health system will acquire 22 VR headphones, two for each hospital, where OB providers can check to complete training during time shifts. This training will be another arm in addition to ongoing obstetric simulation training and pre- and postnatal maternal care as part of a larger Maternal Mortality Reduction Program. The new VR technology will be available to all OB providers at NYC Health + Hospitals in the near future.
The introduction of new VR simulation technology will make it easier for healthcare providers throughout the healthcare system to access skills training in their own time, and VR headphones and joysticks can sign them off during their shifts. Prior to the introduction of VR technology, the entire OB team had to schedule time to travel to simulation laboratories throughout the system to complete individual scenarios.
After the VR technology session is over, the OB provider puts on a headset and provides a brief guide on how to use your voice to interact and manage attention with virtual team members. The provider is also given a summary of the patient, as they would receive it through a patient’s chart in real life. Transported to a set of labor and delivery, providers can virtually interact with patients and team members through voice communications and real-time interactions. They need to lead the clinical team to do all the proper management according to their hospital protocol. It takes 8 to 12 minutes for the stage to run, which is equivalent to the time it takes to safely test the emergency during childbirth to avoid harmful effects. When the OB provider completes the scenario, they are immediately given a rating to summarize how they have reacted to the situation. They are offered a summary that highlights what could have been done better.
The joint developers, Health Scholars, collaborated with NYC Health + Hospitals on a comprehensive and high-tech approach to the municipal health system for OB simulation training. Combining their experience with VR technology and voice technology with their experience in OB training with NYC Health + Hospitals, the two teams developed an immersion approach to skills training that will facilitate the development of clinical skills in health systems across the country. The simulations are also configurable to allow competencies to teach and validate competencies in the face of national guidelines based on evidence from the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the California Collaborative Department of Maternal Quality Care (CMQCC).
“Bringing OB simulation to VR provides educators with an inexpensive, effective, and easy way to provide students and healthcare providers with the practice they need to provide safe and effective care to OB patients,” he says. Medical Director of Health Scholars Pam Martin, MD, FACS. “Our VR training allows organizations of any size to scale for readiness, and at a time when healthcare professionals are stretching to the brink, it’s time to rethink how we prepare our providers to provide the best possible care.”
There are significant racial and ethnic differences in pregnancy-related mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black patients have a pregnancy-related mortality rate that is approximately three times higher than their white counterparts. The first scenario available to OB providers will simulate postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal death. Additional scenarios such as mother code, shoulder dystocia, and fetal heart monitoring will be developed and added to the VR curriculum in the coming months.
The actor pictured on the VR stage has a pregnant patient of color, a partner, and a diverse care team. Previously, OB simulations by NYC Health + Hospitals used specially designed, high-tech, full-body colored mannequins.
In 2018, NYC Health + Hospitals maternal mortality rates were 20.9 / 100,000 lower than the birth rate in New York State.
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