Medical Triage Simulator

Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) approached Envision about their Allied Health and Sports Medicine programs. They expressed the lack of intelligent medical simulation due to shortage of instructors and limited student-sharing time with the medical mannequins. In response Envision proposed a medical triage simulator that covered both existing medical conditions for allied health as well as common injuries seen in sports medicine. We developed a three phase Virtual Reality (VR) application which first includes an intelligent conversation with the patient. There are certain questions that needed to be asked like “Are you allergic to anything?” for example. We included the necessary questions but also incorporated more specific questions to help the student user drill down on a pre-diagnosis. Therefore, the first phase of our triage simulator includes an intelligent conversation with an avatar patient.

A BCIT student uses Envision’s VR Medical Triage Simulator.

The second phase of our triage simulator includes using interactive VR medical tools such as a thermometer, blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter. The third phase of our medical triage simulator askes the student user to make a pre-diagnosis based on the initial conversation and vitals obtained from the VR medical tools. Once the student user makes a choice, everything is logged for post-exercise assessment, review and grading. We developed 10 medical conditions and common sports injury scenarios featuring grotesque wounds and injuries to better prepare the student. We also applied normal medical office distractions such as garbled conversation from the examination room next door and footsteps in the hallway. We tried to provide the student user with every distraction and potentially horrific wound visual they would encounter in the actual profession. The following app footage video represents the Medical Triage Simulator we developed for BCIT’s Allied Health and Sports Medicine programs.

Envision’s VR Medical Triage Simulator

Human Anatomy

Envision also developed a human anatomy experience for BCIT. The experience explores the various body/organ systems (example: nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.) using an innovative user interface all while shutting out real-world distraction. This allows for an optimal learning environment with maximum knowledge retention. The following app footage video shows Envision’s VR human anatomy experience as observed from an Oculus Quest standalone VR device.

Envision’s VR Human Anatomy Application