Featuring current progress on the Mass Casualty Incident Virtual Reality (MCIVR) simulation, a project designed to instruct first responders on performing SALT triage in response to a mass casualty incident.

Interdisciplinary CollaborationsMotion LabSimulation LabVirtual Environments

MCI-VR screen capture

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ACCAD Faculty and Staff Researchers
Alan Price, ACCAD/Design
Zach Winegardner Design
Scott Swearingen, Design
Alex Oliszewski, Theatre, and ACCAD
Vita Berezina-Blackburn, ACCAD

Graduate Research Associates
Sana asl Benham MFA Design | DAIM Candidate
Abigail Ayers MFA Design | DAIM Candidate
Victoria Campell, MFA Design | DAIM Candidate
Stacey Dunten MFA Design

Project Description

With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ACCAD and the OSU Wexner Medical Center are evaluating virtual reality (VR) as a training and assessment tool for first responders charged with managing a mass casualty incident.

The training allows responders to practice the steps of SALT triage, focusing primarily on correctly identifying the order of patient treatment, communicating with the patients and applying the appropriate life-saving treatments.

Disaster drills and simulation scenarios are the most common way learners are trained and assessed in mass casualty triage. Disaster drills using mock patients or mannequin simulators are costly, difficult to replicate and involve the coordination of large numbers of people. The use of virtual reality for simulating mass casualty can provide a reasonable alternative for training personnel for mass casualty triage, comparing favorably to analog simulations.

This project was supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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