A virtual reality-based right cardiac catheter training program will soon arrive on the Vantari VR platform.
The Australian virtual reality startup partnered with Dr Martin Brown, cardiologist and clinical associate professor at Macquarie University, who first developed the training course with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2017. The training program has since been approved by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
The program has three stages: the first stage will train clinicians to perform catheterization; the second step involves the recognition of waveforms from real patient cases; and the last step is the management of complications.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
The catheter training program was slated to launch nationwide last year, but has been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since then, Dr Brown has developed a virtual course using the Vantari VR platform, which allowed training to be performed in a virtual space – the world’s first in medical training, he claims.
Current training, Dr Brown said, involves doctors learning the procedure on living patients. The course covers patient preparation through insertion of a Swan Ganz catheter and blood sample extractions.
The move to a virtual reality platform will allow catheter training in a “safe and hassle-free environment,” Dr. Brown said, ultimately not only increasing trainees’ confidence and skills in inserting catheters, but also in recognizing disease patterns and managing complications in a “protected” manner. “safe for real patients.
THE BIGGEST TREND
Recently, Vantari VR was operated by Nepean Hospital, a New South Wales teaching hospital, to add virtual reality training to its ICU program. Over a three-year period, the hospital will deploy the startup’s virtual reality platform and jointly develop a procedural training module that involves airway management in critically ill patients.
Vantari technology has also been deployed for train intensive care practitioners in three tertiary hospitals, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Westmead Hospital.
ON THE RECORD
“The Upright Cardiac Catheter Program is an exciting addition to our platform and opens up a range of potential applications in interventional cardiology,” commented Dr. Nishanth Krishnananthan, co-founder of Vantari VR.
“Our collaboration with A / P Brown started almost a year ago and what a journey it has been. Creating a complex cardiology procedure in VR would have seemed unfathomable a few years ago, but the technology has grown rapidly and we are proud to be leading the way at Vantari, ”also shared the co-founder, the Dr Vijay Paul.