UK doctors can use VR for emergency patient care practice

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Doctors in the UK can now use virtual reality simulations of emergency care for help with patients with Type 1 diabetes.

The VR simulation, developed by NHS England’s diabetes team and Oxford Medical Simulation uses Oculus Rift headsets with VR software and clinical information from the UK National Health Service.

The simulations can be used for realistic practice before being applied on real patients in the real world, allowing users to recognise hard to spot life-threatening symptoms such as dangerously high or low blood sugar levels.

The VR system is being rolled out across multiple NHS sites in the south of England as a training pilot, with potential for nationwide adoption if the pilot scheme is deemed successful.