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Farra S, Hodgson E, Miller ET
Effects of virtual reality simulation on worker emergency evacuation of neonates.
This study compared differences in learning outcomes among newborn intensive care unit (NICU) workers who underwent emergency evacuation training either with virtual reality simulation (VRS) or web-based clinical updates (CU). The workers were evaluated based on knowledge gained, confidence with evacuation, and performance in a live evacuation exercise. Workers were randomly assigned to VRS or CU. The groups did not statistically differ based on Cognitive Assessment scores or self-evaluations. However, the VRS group performed statistically better than the CU group in the live exercise. This study points to the effectiveness of virtual reality training.
Citation: Farra S, Hodgson E, Miller ET . Effects of virtual reality simulation on worker emergency evacuation of neonates. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2019 Apr;13(2):301-08. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2018.58..
Keywords: Emergency Preparedness, Newborns/Infants, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Simulation, Training, Education: Continuing Medical Education