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Asan Medical Center, the first hospital in Korea to introduce VR-based non-face-to-face CPR training

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

▲ At the Seoul Asan Medical Center simulation center, an employee performs CPR training while listening to an artificial intelligence instructor's explanation in virtual reality. /Photo = Seoul Asan Medical Center

As non-face-to-face lifestyles have become common due to COVID-19, advanced information and communication technologies are rapidly being grafted into every corner of society. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in the medical field is also being realized to a higher level based on virtual reality (VR) technology.

Seoul Asan Medical Center recently announced that it introduced a CPR simulation program using VR technology for the first time as a domestic medical institution in order to strengthen the safety of patients and the community through more effective CPR training in a situation where face-to-face education is restricted due to the epidemic of infectious diseases.

If you witness an acute cardiac arrest situation, you must start CPR within 4 minutes. However, it is difficult for the body to react immediately if it is not regularly trained.

If VR technology is used to train CPR repeatedly in a virtual emergency situation similar to real life, it will not only save the patient's life in an acute cardiac arrest situation that can occur anytime and anywhere, such as at home or in the neighborhood, but also prevent brain damage and return to society smoothly. It is hoped that this will help.

Seoul Asan Medical Center is a hospital visited by the largest number of severely ill patients in Korea, and has provided regular CPR training to all staff to ensure prompt response in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Until now, CPR education had been a method in which several learners gathered together and trained while listening to the instructor's explanation. AI) It is a way to listen to the explanation from the instructor one-on-one.

Learners who enter the virtual reality make eye contact with the AI instructor and are guided on how to perform CPR, including checking consciousness, asking for help, checking breathing, chest compressions, and using an automated external defibrillator. If you do not follow the CPR guidelines properly, such as not concentrating during practice, asking for help without making eye contact with passers-by, or not tapping your shoulder enough, the AI instructor will give you feedback right away.

The mannequin is equipped with a precision sensor, so the chest compression depth and speed are displayed on the screen in real time. The learner can immediately correct the lacking part while checking this. You can repeat the study until you pass.

Learners who want VR education can proceed with the education according to their personal time, enabling self-directed learning and feeling a great sense of immersion and achievement as if performing CPR on a real patient. In an infectious disease epidemic, it is not necessary to face other learners, so training can be conducted safely in a non-face-to-face environment.

Hong Sang-beom, director of the Simulation Center at Asan Medical Center (Professor of Respiratory Medicine), said, "Asan Medical Center is actively using cutting-edge information and communication technologies such as virtual reality for staff training by preemptively responding to the epidemic of infectious diseases and changes in the educational environment." “Using VR technology, it is possible to overcome the constraints of time and space and experience a patient experience similar to the real one,” he said. "Through this, we expect to improve the emergency response capabilities of our staff, not only to protect patients' lives, but also to strengthen the safety of their families and communities," he said.

Meanwhile, the virtual reality CPR training conducted at Asan Medical Center in Seoul utilized CBS 2.0 produced by Tetrasignum. Tetrasignum was founded in 2019 by Jeon Sang-hoon (Director of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery) and provides healthcare solutions ranging from diagnosis, treatment, education, and prevention. CBS, a non-face-to-face CPR training system, was developed directly by medical experts and VR experts such as Cho Yoo-hwan (Chief of Emergency Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital) and Park Eok-sung (Chief of Emergency Department, Haeundae Bumin Hospital, Department of Thoracic Surgery).

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