december, 2019

15dec5:30 pm5:50 pmFeaturedReal-World Applications of Virtual Reality - Saving Newborn LivesRachel Umoren5:30 pm - 5:50 pm


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Each year, there are 2.5 million newborn deaths, most of which are preventable. One of the top causes of neonatal mortality is when a baby does not breathe at birth. Newborn resuscitation training reduces newborn deaths, but knowledge and skills from in-person training rapidly decay, sometimes in a matter of weeks after training. While simulation practice using manikins is a proven educational approach, it requires facility space, equipment and supervision, which is often unavailable due to lack of infrastructure, staff shortages and high rates of staff turnover in resource-scarce settings. Virtual simulations are a feasible and acceptable alternative. This presentation traces our path from the Global Health Island on Second Life and Africa Traveler on Open Sim; to the Gates Foundation-funded project: eHBB mobile virtual reality training on neonatal resuscitation for healthcare workers in resource-scarce settings.


(Sunday) 5:30 pm - 5:50 pm


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  • Rachel Umoren

    Rachel Umoren

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Global Health

    Dr. Rachel Umoren is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington where she is the Director of the Neonatal Education & Simulation-based Training (NEST) program. She is the Vice-Chair of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Section on Serious Games and Virtual Environments. Her research focuses on using virtual simulations for healthcare professional training in team communication and neonatal resuscitation internationally.


    Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Global Health

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