Ongoing hurdles posed by COVID-19 demonstrate the opportunity and requirements for hospitals and nurses to adopt procedural training through a virtual reality platform.
FREMONT, CA: PrecisionOS, who are the developers of a proficiency-based medical-grade virtual reality learning platform for surgeons, announced their expansion into orthopedic surgical nurse training. Following the every rising requirement for remote training and the society's new accustoms to social distancing guidelines, PrecisionOS is focusing on advancing perioperative orthopedic nursing staff skill set by offering immersive learning through a VR experience. PrecisionOS technology will improve the knowledge and procedural step-based orthopedic skills in supporting traditional nurse training, which was mentorship-based.
"Patient-centered care relies on a highly skilled team. Like all parts of our society today, the precautions surrounding COVID-19 restrict the ongoing training and preparation that my operating room colleagues and I can participate in. Over the past weeks, Ive consulted with nursing experts and the need is clear," says Dr. Danny Goel, an orthopedic surgeon in Vancouver, BC, and Chief Executive Officer of PrecisionOS. "In high risk, fast-paced environments such as the OR, nurses need to practice in realistic virtual environments where errors and needed patient interventions can be recognized, failures detected, corrected, and skills practiced," says Dr. Patricia Benner, Professor Emerita, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing; Director of EducatingNurses.Com; and Co-Founder and Faculty Development Consultant, NovEx, E-Learning Program. "PrecisionOS provides such an environment, where nurses can safely learn from errors, and provide new levels of patient safety. Such realistic simulations allow for gaining the perceptual-grasp needed for knowing how and when to act (situated cognition) in real patient care situations."
The PrecisionOS software offers experiential learning while simultaneously providing data based on performance and decision-making processes. This is more important now due to COVID-19, where nurses and surgeons have not been performing elective cases in the operating room for months.
Delay in procedures affects the entire dynamics of the OR. Where traditional training showcases limitations, PrecisionOS delivers a more consistent, regimented, and structured approach, which can function independently from senior nurses' availability and schedules. Receiving continued learning via a balanced and well-rounded model can help the teams avoid redundancies within a more comprehensive and holistic overall system.
"The user-friendly PrecisionOS technology system couldn't be available at a more convenient time," states Sandy Randhawa, the Clinical Nurse Educator at Burnaby (British Columbia) Hospital, where PrecisionOS has made their mark in OR nurse training. "Our current process uses an apprenticeship model where a junior nurse will assist by shadowing a senior nurse in the OR to teach the details of a case. The COVID pandemic has forced us to innovate many aspects of patient care. Increased utilization of virtual care models is one example of this. We are very excited that Burnaby hospital will be the pilot site for PrecisionOS to train the next generation of OR Nurses."
"The safe and efficient delivery of surgical care is like a symphony. The surgeon and nurses play a critical role in supporting each other during operative cases," Dr. Goel adds. "Our team-based approach to VR education is a critical pathway to ensure we maintain the utmost safety for all health care providers, the students and our patients."
With the PrecisionOS team starting to receive positive feedback on the platform from nurses in Vancouver, the company is enthusiastic about continuing to roll out this technology in additional installments and witness its impacts across a broader scope.