It is no secret that low wages have a negative effect on organizational culture. Low pay puts EMTs in a position to work overtime or even secondary jobs often resulting in burnout and sleep deprivation. No one operates at full capacity when they are fatigued and in the medical industry mistakes are a matter of life and death.
Five Ways AR is Transforming Our Healthcare
Augmented reality is leading to innovations that are reinventing the way we approach problems in healthcare. What was once a dream in the medical industry is now taking shape into reality.
While AR is impacting healthcare in many ways, in this article, we focus on five ways augmented reality is helping healthcare professionals and patients:
Needles and Things: How AR is being used to deliver faster, better, more cost effective IV placement
Doctor + Patient + Screen Time = Ugh! Use of AR in shifting the focus back to the human experience
Augmented Daily Living (ADL): How AR is aiding those with disabilities navigate the challenges of daily life just a bit better
X-ray Vision? Augmented surgery
Augmented POCUS: Looking at what happens when AR and point-of-care ultrasound meet
Healthcare could benefit from more eyes trained specifically at looking for red flags. Conditions that may trigger high alerts and require mobilization of critical resources. Developing apprentices of patient safety moves beyond just creation of rapid response teams. It requires a dedication of those on the frontlines of healthcare to evergreen training and learning. This sort of training may require innovative modalities of rapidly deploying experience and knowledge to those on the frontlines. It may require physicians think a bit differently about the traditional physician to physician apprenticeship model. It may require us to democratize medical knowledge.
Cerebrovascular accidents, commonly known as stokes, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) put the number of stroke deaths at more than 140,000 per year. That is just the number of deaths. The number of those disabled from a stroke is much higher.
I began my medical career as a first responder within the US Army. I was a US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant or Green Beret Medic (18D). We received the civilian NREMT Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Training curriculums augmented with 3rd world-centric medicine and military trauma management training. The training provided to me was thorough and detailed. We were held to a high-performance standard, and patient care mistakes or oversights were unacceptable as our next patients would be in a combat zone.