Accession Number : ADA321111

Title :   Design and Prototype of the AFIT Virtual Emergency Room: A Distributed Virtual Environment for Emergency Medical Simulation.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Garcia, Brian W.

PDF Url : ADA321111

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 194

Abstract : Due to the increasing complexity of emergency medical care, medical staffs require increasingly sophisticated training systems. Virtual environments offer a low cost means to achieve a widely usable yet sophisticated training capability. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has sponsored the Virtual Emergency Room (VER) project to develop a simulation system that enables emergency department personnel within level I and II emergency rooms to practice emergency medical procedures and protocols. The VER is a simulation facility that uses a distributed virtual environment architecture to enable real-time, multi-participant simulations. The potential advantages of this system include the ability to evaluate and refine treatment skills, and the ability to provide scenario-specific training for mobile military field hospital teams. These advantages will ultimately improve the readiness of emergency department staffs for a wide variety of trauma situations. This thesis represents the initial phase of a several-year research effort.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *EMERGENCIES, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *VIRTUAL REALITY, SKILLS, COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, TRAINING, LOW COSTS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, DISTRIBUTION, THESES, MEDICINE, PERSONNEL, ARCHITECTURE, MEDICAL PERSONNEL, TRAUMA.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE