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VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events

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Bringing casualties to a hospital.

As responders move through the VR training program, their actions and even their voice interactions are recorded in order to evaluate their performance, according to OSU.

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Ohio State University (OSU) said researchers at its College of Medicine have developed a virtual reality training program that represents a mass casualty event realistically.

Responders use an Oculus headset and controllers to enter a digital setting modeled after a bombed subway station, with manipulable elements including noise, smoke, and lighting, according to OSU's Nicholas Kman.

OSU said responders' actions and voice interactions are recorded for performance assessment, while trainees can engage with and treat virtual victims.

OSU researchers loaned the headset to Ohio's Delaware County Emergency Medical Services (DCEMS) to take training "to the next level," explained DCEMS' Glen Keating.

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