Doctors at Yale New Haven Health were attempting to find ways to improve the speed an accuracy of first responders to be able to triage patients in a mass casualty situation quickly and accurately. They theorized that they could use a video game to help first responders practice triage steps.
First responders are trained to follow a specific workflow of steps to triage patients. Memorizing this workflow is not unlike a video gamer memorizing steps to beat and complete a level in a video game. So the doctor’s theory made sense and seemed logical.
In the game players start on a practice level where they need to visit each patient and triage them by performing a set of actions and checking various things like pulse and responsiveness. As they progress levels get harder and more challenges are presented. Researchers analyze the steps taken and the time it takes to accurately triage the patients in the scene.
In the end the doctors proved their theory that this type of practice can improve the memory of first responders and in turn lead to faster and more accurate triaging of patients.
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