HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - New technology is allowing students to get better practice dealing with emergencies and treating patients.
Chrystal Greathouse went back to school in August for nursing at ECPI University.
She has used a new software technology called eHospital.
School officials say it simulates six virtual environments like triage, the emergency room, an operating room and a medical laboratory.
The students practice treating and saving patients, and they can even do it in a ambulance or helicopter.
“It allows you to be able to interact without interacting,” said Greathouse. “It allows you to be able to take a blood pressure and listen to the beat, but you’re not touching someone.”
“This has been extremely beneficial during COVID-19,” said Steven Moring, the Paramedic Program Director at ECPI University.
He says the hundreds of nursing, EMS and other students studying in the medical field can use the new technology.
“It’s a really cool program, and the students who are preparing for the clinical environment can actually go into a simulated, real lifelike hospital setting and field setting for EMS and practice patient care and procedures,” said Moring. “They can practice procedures that are normally very risky, and this allows them to have an unlimited amount of practice in a fun environment.”
Moring said this also helps build student confidence.