Latvian company develops virtual COVID-19 training for medics

The Latvian company Exonicus has recently developed a virtual scenario for medics to help with reducing spread of COVID-19, said chief executive Jānis Kondrāts to Latvian Radio on May 15.

The company develops trauma simulations in virtual environment for training of military medics. However, with the spread of COVID-19, another scenario has been created to help medics prepare correctly before contact with the patient.

"Last year, we received a grant from the Ministry of Defense to develop four injury simulation scenarios, but as soon as the COVID-19 spread began, we saw the opportunity to develop an useful tool to support medics dealing with the illness. We noticed that medics often get sick because they are not properly geared. Gloves, respirators, protective clothing, glasses must be used correctly," said Jānis Kondrāts.

It is important that medics around the world follow the right procedures and protect themselves. A training tool has been developed to help repeat the sequence of actions.

It is important that medics around the world, including Latvia, follow the procedure and get dressed safely. A training tool has been developed to help you repeat this knowledge. If the sequence of actions is forgotten, it can be repeated in the simulator.

The company's chief executive told Latvian Radio that this year, trials and research will take place; however, the COVID-19 scenario is already available to everyone with Internet access.

"Just Google "Traumasimulator" and download the app. We want to develop new scenarios further on. At the moment, there are six, but we aim for 21, including heat injuries, burns, trainings in different geographical locations. This is the time for innovation and adaption of technology to help people in the current circumstances," said Kondrāts.

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