You are here

Virtual reality: training medical students on infection control

simulation-based medical tool
Published on
09 April 2019

Grenoble Ecole de Management, University Grenoble Alpes, Imperial College London and Heidelberg University have partnered with the start-up Simango to deliver the first virtual reality training on infection control in operating rooms.

Virtual Reality has been increasingly adopted in the healthcare sector, as it provides medical professionals an efficient training technique to deal with complex problems and situations. Surgical site infection prevention is precisely one of those issues that requires more training. Surgical site infections are a serious and prevalent problem that is threatening the lives of millions of patients in both developing and rich countries and contributing to the growing costs in the healthcare sector.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimated that 799,185 new cases of surgical site infections and 16,049 related deaths occur every year in the European Union. Furthermore, as the World Health Organization has observed, in the United States, patients are spending more than 400 000 extra days in hospital at a cost of an additional US$ 10 billion per year. Many of these could be prevented by adequate infection control measures. Acquisition of this knowledge as soon as possible is essential. However, training in hygiene and infection control is difficult to organize due to the restricted nature of the operating room (OR).  The realm of the OR is complex for medical students, and they need to be prepared for a variety of challenges beforehand.

Grenoble Ecole de Management, University Grenoble Alpes, Imperial College London and Heidelberg University have partnered with a start-up company called Simango, specialized in the development of simulation-based educational tools. Their aim is to deliver a virtual reality training to educate medical students on infection control in the operating room. While it can be difficult to invite students into an actual operating room, virtual reality scenarios eliminate risk and immersive and original experience provided by virtual reality makes the lessons hygiene and infection control more attractive and above all more memorable.

As the project leader, Caroline Landelle from University Grenoble Alpes, explains: “Medical students can be confused when entering the operating room for the first time, resulting potentially in risky behavior. Todays’ medical students have grown up with novel technologies. They are eager to learn and open minded. Hygiene and Infection control, however, is often underrepresented in medical curricula. In medical practice it is of major importance for patient safety.”

Virtual reality represents an excellent technique to provide training in an area that is usually not accessible to medical students. It is also a tool that could be easily used by different universities and countries.

The aim of this project is to develop an efficient educational tool to teach medical students about the prevention of surgical site infection. The innovative training developed by this project consists of an amusing virtual reality operating room scenario. Virtual reality allows students to immerse themselves in the operating room environment and to identify risky situations. Rather than focusing the objectives on the errors, the amusing and memorable training positively orients students for potential successes.

Thanks to this program, medical students will improve their knowledge on hygiene and infection. They will be better prepared to adapt to the hygiene demands of the operating room and eventually this tool will improve compliance with those measures once the medical students become doctors.

This project is supported by EIT Health, and it will leverage the expertise of the partners involved to deliver a useful, innovative and sustainable solutions to the interested stakeholders in the medical field.

On the same subject

  • 2020 MIT GSW: Entrepreneurship & Social Impact
    Published on 23 January 2020

    2020 MIT GSW: entrepreneurship for sustainable societies

    On March 23rd and 24th, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) will co-organize the 2020 MIT Global Startup Workshop (MIT GSW). By focusing on transformative entrepreneurship, disruptive technology and social impact, this year’s event will offer a...

  • Medical Game Jam. Des jeux en ligne pour nourrir la recherche médicale
    Published on 16 December 2019

    Medical Game Jam: online games to develop medical research

    Medical research often relies on a community of volunteer patients who participate in studies. In order to expand the pool of potential participants, the Medical Game Jam offered an opportunity to create online games that would attract participants...

  • Published on 12 December 2019

    VIP ROOM, Virtual Reality for the Operating Room

    Future doctors from European Medical Universities were immersed in real conditions thanks to VIP ROOM, the first virtual reality training tool offering a unique and efficient way to train healthcare professionals on surgical infection prevention and...

  • Charles-Clemens Rüling, Directeur de la Recherche à GEM, parle du défi de la confiance collective dans le secteur de la santé.
    Published on 08 October 2019

    Video: The role of trust in the new mHealth and eHealth segments

    Charles-Clemens Rüling, Associate Dean for Research at Grenoble Ecole de Management, works with a team of experts on role of trust in the mHealth and eHealth segments.

  • 1ère « Medical Game Jam » du 15 au 17 novembre à Paris (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP)
    Published on 17 September 2019

    First « Medical Game Jam » November 15th – 17th, 2019, Paris

    "Medical Game Jam: Medical research comes into play!" is the name of the first "Medical Game Jam" taking place on November 15th-17th, 2019, at the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP. Organized by ComPaRe and Grenoble Ecole de Management, it is...

  • Published on 17 September 2019

    Video: Why are our innovation models not working?

    Sylvie Blanco, Professor-Researcher in Management and Technology, and Executive Director of Innovation at Grenoble Ecole de Management, explains in a Xerfi Canal interview.

  • La recherche prospective : épicentre de l’innovation
    Published on 22 July 2019

    Forward-looking search: encouraging cutting-edge innovation

    Innovation is at the heart of business growth, in particular for dynamic sectors such as the high tech industry. To encourage radical innovation, it’s essential to integrate a future-oriented search and analysis process throughout an innovation...

  • Le TIM Lab prototype l’innovation des entreprises
    Published on 21 July 2019

    TIM Lab: prototyping business innovation

    Created with a design thinking approach, the TIM Lab offers a collaborative space for learning about and improving business innovation. From idea generation to prototyping, participants are encouraged to improve their autonomy and creativity for...

  • Quand la réalité virtuelle entre dans le bloc opératoire
    Published on 21 June 2019

    Virtual reality to enter the operating room

    The age of virtual reality is upon us and with it, new approaches to education. Thanks to its immersive environment, virtual reality offers a unique opportunity for training in at-risk environments such as hospital operating rooms.

  • Published on 21 June 2019

    Influence: a driving force in leadership

    “Leading by influence”, or the ability to convert the opposition and create alliances around a shared goal... Discover a new program focused on the importance of influence for effective leadership.

  • Charles-Clemens Rüling, Directeur de la Recherche à GEM, parle du défi de la confiance collective dans le secteur de la santé
    Published on 22 February 2019

    Health Sector: Charles-Clemens Rüling about the challenge of collective trust

    Charles-Clemens Rüling, Associate Dean for Research at GEM and Coordinator of the Chair for Public Trust in Health

  • David Gotteland est professeur de marketing à Grenoble Ecole de Management
    Published on 21 June 2018

    How Can You Create a Reliable Innovation Process?

    Formatted, creative methods with a framework enable scientifically proven increases in innovation processes. The stakes are high as only 15% of innovative ideas at a company end up as financial and commercial successes.

  • Erno TORNIKOSKI is a Professor in Entrepreneurship at Grenoble Ecole de Management.
    Published on 28 September 2017

    Research: Entrepreneurship, understanding Technology-Based Competitive Advantage

    Policy-makers, researchers and entrepreneurs generally agree that R...

  • Published on 17 June 2017

    Nanovalor: a Platform to Evaluate the Value of New Tech

    Emerging technology can impact society and the economy in a variety of ways. Nanovalor creates a platform to analyze and learn about the value of new tech.

  • Published on 19 March 2017

    Easy-to-Read Food Labels Increase Intention to Purchase

    The battle for healthy food has become a worldwide concern. Public health agencies have invested energy and resources in fighting health risks such as obesity. In this battle, food labels that indicate nutritional facts have come to play a vital...

  • Crowdfunding: research shows uniqueness and differentiation are key.
    Published on 20 November 2016

    Research: When Selling a New Idea, Differentiation Beats Transparency

    If you would like to raise funds for a project using crowdfunding, recent research highlights that it is better to underline what makes your idea unique rather than emphasize transparency and a multitude of explanations. This conclusion is the...

  • Published on 19 August 2016

    NeOse™: Creating an Electronic Description of WHAT YOU SMELL?

    Nearly 10% of the world population is believed to suffer from olfactory disorders. Whether it is the inability to detect odors or an altered sense of smell, olfactory disorders can lead to depression and desocialization. In response, Aryballe...

  • Published on 04 August 2016

    Network structure of ideas and breakthrough product concepts

    Innovation teams are tasked to generate new product concepts that are then evaluated for their originality and feasibility for future development.

  • Published on 30 June 2016

    Joining the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

    Grenoble Ecole de Management becomes the first Business School in the world, and the first higher education institution in France to join the prestigious International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency based in...

  • Published on 09 June 2016

    “Crowdsourcing”, yes… but you’ve got to know the drill

    Crowdsourcing refers to the simultaneous use of intelligence, creativity and know-how of a large number of people – the “crowd” – on the web. These requests are initiated via a call for project via an internet platform. The ambition: improve the...

  • Published on 08 December 2015

    Book : Making Innovation Last

    « Unlike any book in our fields, this book is explicitly cross disciplinary even as it focuses on innovation streams over time… I could not recommend this book more highly; it has the potential to be a landmark contribution” Michael L. Tushman,...

  • Published on 25 November 2015

    Sharing economy: an identity crisis for developing companies

    “The sharing economy offers a new economic model that disrupts traditional markets such as the automotive and hotel industries. Yet, as these new models evolve from community-based interactions to the wide-scale monetization of individual resources...

  • Published on 16 July 2015

    Research: Unraveling the Link Between Managerial Risk-Taking and Innovation - the Mediating Role of a Risk-Taking Climate

    Innovation has become a crucial factor for companies looking to maintain their competitive advantage. Yet creating innovative ideas requires a certain level of risk-taking. While research on this subject has focused primarily on risk-taking at one...

  • Recherche : nutrition des sportifs et plaisir
    Published on 16 June 2015

    Is It Fun or Exercise ? The Framing of Physical Activity Biases Subsequent Snacking

    While the benefits of exercising are widely accepted by consumers and healthcare providers, people who begin an exercise program don't necessarily lose weight. A fact that can be frustrating not only for practitioners, but their coaches and...

  • Vincent Mangematin, Associate Dean for Corporate Relations and Research at Grenoble Ecole de Management
    Published on 17 March 2015

    Orchestrating Innovation with User Communities in the Creative Industries

    In search of continuous innovation, the digital creative industries have expanded their interactions with user communities to develop their products. This study highlights the evolution of these company-user relationships that allow for fluid...