CDC Spends $626,00 on the Future of First Responder Training

Virtual Reality
“Looking to the Future” by Roger Smith (2008) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In my never ending quest to find innovative uses for technology in healthcare, I came across an article on the CDC’s most recent use of virtual reality for the training of their emergency responders. Apparently they value virtual reality tools a lot- $626,000 worth.

As part of phase III of “Protecting the health, safety, resilience of deployed staff” for the CDC’s WorkLife Wellness Office, they made a sizable investment in the training of their workers through a virtual reality training program. Their ultimate objective is to prepare staff by “safely experiencing potentially-stressful sights, sounds and smells in scenarios as well as mitigating against the possibility of trauma-related psychological harm.”

“Forewarned is forearmed,” according to the CDC.

This immersive emergency response training technology is state-of-the-art (hence the steep price tag), and promises to prepare staff working in some of the most stressful, chaotic workplaces imaginable.

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