Optera Group VR simulation teaches OR fire safety
Game tasks player with finding sources of fire in the operating room
The demo is very simple, using an HTC Vive headset and controllers, the latter of which are actually displayed on the screen to show the player where the controllers are in the simulation.
The fire sources in the room include towels, gauze, the patient’s drape, antiseptic and the patient. The player finds as many of these as he or she can and then picks up the electrosurgical pencil and approaches the patient. The person in the YouTube demo
forgot to point out the patient, and a fire consequently broke out when the player put the pencil to the patient’s skin.
The purpose of this is rather simple: to teach surgeons what to look for in the operating room, and to see where potential fires could break out due to the volatile environment.
The company behind “Fire in the OR” is The Optera Group, a company headed up by president and founder Cole Sandau, previously of StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, Qwest and SpectraLink.