Annenberg creates virtual reality video demonstrating treatment for coronavirus patients

Annenberg creates virtual reality video demonstrating treatment for coronavirus patients

A digital design specialist at the Annenberg School for Communication created a 360-degree virtual reality video demonstrating COVID-19 treatment practices in order to prepare medical staff in remote locations to respond to a possible spike in cases. Virtual reality is an immersive technology that benefits medical personnel by generating a 3D, interactive environment in settings that are often hard to simulate with 2D graphics, according to the video, which was filmed in the Emergency Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Through operation on a mannequin, the video depicts a doctor treating a COVID-19 patient suffering from respiratory failure. Although the video is available to everyone, it was made specifically for healthcare providers who have been exposed to high levels of critically ill COVID-19 patients. Medical staff can watch the video on YouTube and Annenberg's website through a computer screen or with a virtual reality headset. Annenberg Digital Design Specialist Kyle Cassidy, who spearheaded the project, first created a virtual reality video in 2018 to teach people how to use Narcan, an anti-opioid overdose reversal agent. After Cassidy presented a paper about the video at a healthcare conference, Kevin Ching, a physician at Weill Cornell Medicine, reached out to him in mid-April asking for his help in developing an educational, virtual reality video to highlight coronavirus treatment practices. HUP Assistant professor of Emergency Medicine Lauren Conlon, who serves as the video's principal actor as an attending physician, said the project focuses on demonstrating critical care resuscitation of a COVID-19 patient with ...
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