Health Scholars’ OB Simulation Solution Helps Redefine Obstetric Hemorrhage Competencies
A serious but rare condition, the American Academy of Family Physicians reports that approximately 3% to 5% of obstetric patients will experience postpartum hemorrhage. Further, the academy shares that, annually, these preventable events are the cause of one-fourth of maternal deaths worldwide and 12% of maternal deaths in the United States. This is why training learners and medical professionals on how to treat postpartum hemorrhage is so imperative. So what if your facility could reduce risk while saving time and money by enabling obstetric providers to practice anywhere, anytime, and as often as needed? As part of Health Scholars’ solutions for hospital settings, they can.
The company’s Obstetric Hemorrhage solution uses virtual reality simulation to provide learners with a high-fidelity postpartum hemorrhage training experience. The OB simulation solution is experienced-based and capable of training learners following each hospital’s guidelines. In addition to providing learners with a risk-free environment to test their skills, Health Scholar’s Obstetric Hemorrhage helps establish necessary teamwork and communication skills. Ultimately, this helps hospitals save hundreds of hours and potentially millions of dollars with simple scaling across any size organization.
The solution’s process is simple: Obstetric Hemorrhage VR creates meaningful cognitive “muscle memory” through continuous practice. Additionally, system-wide training helps reduce variability, reduce risk, and improve confidence utilizing your hospital’s protocols and checklists. Another benefit includes that this type of VR simulation can model a patient experiencing obstetric hemorrhage in an ultra-realistic birthing and operating room environment.
This solution also utilizes objective feedback to instruct, evaluate, and refine postpartum hemorrhage competencies and provides learners a readiness score, determined by assessing these core competencies. Health Scholars’ AI-enabled voice technology is an added feature of the product, which has 24/7 accessibility and schedule training software. The Obstetric Hemorrhage VR is available on the Oculus Quest 2 headset.
Health Scholars’ Obstetric Hemorrhage VR application may also help organizations improve health equity and quality care. Patients of color are four times more likely to die of postpartum hemorrhage. (Jayakumaran, Schuster, & Ananth, 2019) Practicing in a risk-free objective environment with diverse patients enables providers to handle any obstetric hemorrhage occurrence.
The Obstetric Hemorrhage VR solution contains configurable managements to meet organizations’ standards and protocols based on ACOG & CMQCC recommendations as well. This Obstetric Hemorrhage VR solution takes users on average 20 to 25 minutes to complete. Each obstetric provider will learn critical obstetric hemorrhage skills in a highly immersive environment. Learning objectives include:
- Demonstrate effective communication with a patient and their family.
- Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication.
- Demonstrate timely and accurate interventions.
- Demonstrate the effective use of a checklist or protocol.
Overall, the gamification of learning incentivizes and challenges providers to learn from their mistakes, practice regularly, and therefore increase retention and reduce skill decay. Health Scholars’ highly immersive experience-based learning makes training truly feel like it is occurring in the hospital setting. Leaders can gain peace of mind as their providers are building vital teamwork and management skills. They can also find, assess, and easily address skill gaps with objective readiness reports for individuals and entire organizations.
Note: Obstetric Hemorrhage was co-developed with NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the United States, providing essential inpatient, outpatient, and home-based services to more than one million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the city’s five boroughs.
More About Health Scholars
Health Scholars is a medical innovations company whose mission is to advance healthcare simulation through virtualization, making experience-based training accessible, scalable, affordable and measurable for public health and safety professionals to help reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.
At the same time, executives and educators can validate provider competency and leverage detailed analytics to identify skills gaps and optimize training to mitigate risk and help prevent costly sentinel events. With simulation expert and ED physician Dr. Brian Gillett and health tech veteran Scott Johnson leading the charge, Health Scholars aims to improve patient outcomes with transformative VR training solutions. Because the best training isn’t read or watched. It’s experienced.
Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the mission of Health Scholars is to lead healthcare simulation through virtualization, making experience-based training scalable, accessible, and affordable to both public health and safety professionals. Health Scholars additionally has clinical and support operations embedded in the world-class Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center on the OSF Healthcare campus in Peoria, Illinois.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.