PrecisionOS, developers of the proficiency-based medical-grade virtual reality (VR) learning platform is expanding into orthopedic surgical nurse training. Following the increased demand for remote training and society's new accustoms to social distancing guidelines, PrecisionOS is committing to advance perioperative orthopedic nursing staff’s skill set by providing immersive learning through a VR experience. PrecisionOS technology will enhance knowledge and procedural step-based orthopedic skills in support of traditional mentorship-based nurse training.

“Patient-centered care relies on a highly skilled team. Like all parts of our society today, the precautions surrounding COVID-19 restrict the ongoing training and preparation that my operating room colleagues and I can participate in. Over the past weeks, I’ve consulted with Nursing experts and the need is clear,” said Dr. Danny Goel, an orthopedic surgeon in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Chief Executive Officer of PrecisionOS.

“In high risk, fast-paced environments such as the OR, nurses need to practice in realistic virtual environments where errors and needed patient interventions can be recognized, failures detected, corrected, and skills practiced,” says Dr. Patricia Benner, Professor Emerita, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, Director of EducatingNurses.Com and Co-Founder and Faculty Development Consultant, NovEx, E-Learning Program. “PrecisionOS provides such an environment, where nurses can safely learn from errors, and provide new levels of patient safety. Such realistic simulations allow for gaining the perceptual-grasp needed for "knowing -how and when” to act (situated cognition) in real patient care situations.”

The PrecisionOS software allows experiential learning while providing data on performance and decision-making processes. This is critical now more than ever, with coronavirus, where both nurses and surgeons have not been in the operating room performing elective cases for months.

Delays in procedures impact the whole dynamic of the OR. Where traditional training demonstrates limitations, PrecisionOS delivers a more consistent, regimented, and structured approach that can function independently from the availability and schedules of senior nurses. Receiving continued learning through a balanced and well-rounded model can help teams avoid redundancies within a more comprehensive and holistic system overall.

With the PrecisionOS team already receiving positive feedback on the platform from nurses in Vancouver, the company is excited to continue rolling out this technology in additional installments and witness its impacts across a wider scope.