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Transforming Peripheral IV Education Through XR In Healthcare

Company: B.Braun Medical Inc.

Primary: CMPEN
Secondary: CMPSC
Optional: BME, ME

Non-Disclosure Agreement: YES

Intellectual Property: YES

Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are the most common invasive device in hospitalized patients. PIVCs are used for the infusion of fluids, medications, nutrients, and blood products. PIVCs are most often inserted by nurses; however, the majority of nursing students do not receive formal education on PIVCs or insertion. On average it takes two attempts to successfully place a PIVC and once placed PIVCs fail up to 69% before the completion of treatment. The cost of complications related to PIVCs is astronomical with an average 250-bed hospital paying $1.5M per year. The purpose of this project is to use virtual/augmented reality to transform PIVC education in healthcare. Currently today PIVC education is not modernized. The most advanced training includes simulation rubber-like pads for nurses to practice insertion. There is a great opportunity to advance PIVC insertion education by creating a realistic experience that includes haptic feedback focused on improving insertion success and therefore reducing additional complications and cost to the healthcare system. Additionally, there is an opportunity to revolutionize PIVC through the utilization of XR technology to better serve the diverse healthcare providers and the diverse patients they serve. These tools will be incorporated into healthcare school training and hospitals. Deliverables: 1. A preliminary proposal for a PIVC education model using XR venue considering diverse patient populations. 2. A functioning immersive PIVC training experience in a XR venue for diverse scenarios.



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