Virtual Reality Simulator for Nurses – PICC Line Home Care

PICC Line Dressing Change Simulator

Thanks to the virtual reality simulator, the learner takes on the role of an independent nurse who has come to a patient’s home to change a PICC line dressing. The simulation covers every step of this procedure by way of active and immersive teaching.

The simulator allows the user to learn the techniques and procedure by repetition without the risk of consequences due to a mistake, and memorize the procedure through behavioral mimicry. These acquired skills can then be applied in a real-life situation.

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Specifications:

Technology  
Product type  1 simulator
Target audience  Nursing
Topic(s):  Ambulatory care and Home health care
- Hygiene – Complementary Healthcare – Wellness 
Standards of Practice (country)  France
Language(s)  French
Degree of difficulty  Proficient (continuing education) 
Edition 2018
From €3,000.00

Thanks to the virtual reality simulator, the learner takes on the role of an independent nurse who has come to a patient’s home to change a PICC line dressing. The simulation covers every step of this procedure by way of active and immersive teaching.

The simulator allows the user to learn the techniques and procedure by repetition without the risk of consequences due to a mistake, and memorize the procedure through behavioral mimicry. These acquired skills can then be applied in a real-life situation.

Catie Kindel
Nurse - Pedagogical Engineer 
Paris - France
Conflicts of interest:
The author has cited no conflict of interest. 

Estimated duration:

  • 20 min

Learning objectives:

  • Allow learners to acquire long-term knowledge of the steps involved in replacing the dressing of a central venous catheter (or central line)

Virtual simulation as part of a training program:

This simulator is particularly well suited for practicing independent nurses. 

With this simulator, learners are faced with the different steps to follow to change the dressing of a PICC line; the steps were created based on current and approved standards of practice. 

The trainer may organize a post-training debrief to discuss the procedure (possible differences observed between learned theory and practical application) which will further supplement the training.

Scientific sources and references:

  • Recommandations Antisepsie de la peau saine avant un geste invasif chez l’adulte/Recommandations pour la pratique clinique- SF2H - mai 2016
  • Bonnes pratiques essentielles en hygiène à l’usage des professionnels de santé en soins de ville - SF2H - novembre 2015 - Hygiènes - Volume XXIII - N° 5.
  • Bonnes pratiques et gestion des risques associés au PICC (cathéter central à insertion périphérique) - Hygiènes – SF2H - Décembre 2013- Volume XXI - n°6.
  • Le bon usage des antiseptiques pour la prévention du risque infectieux chez l’adulte. Édition 2013. CCLIN Sud-Ouest http://www.cclin-arlin.fr/reseauIAS/Sud_Ouest.html
  • Cathéters veineux centraux insérés par voie périphérique ou PICC line (Peripherally inserted central catheter) - Note technique de la Société française d’hygiène hospitalière (SF2H) - juin 2011
  • Cathéter central inséré par voie périphérique ou PICC. CCLIN Sud-Est. Mai 2011 http://cclin-sudest.chu-lyon.fr/Doc_Reco/FichePratique/FIP_2011_PICC.pdf

Technology :  

Minimum technical requirements / software

PlatformWindows 7TM SP1, Windows 8TM , Windows 10TM
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1050 or Quadro P4000, AMD RadeonTM Pro WX 7100 or FirePro W9100 equivalent or higher
Processors Intel i5-4590, Intel Xeon E3 1240-V3, equivalent or higher
Memory/RAM 8GB de RAM or more
Video output 1x HDMI 1.4 port, or DisplayPort 1.2 or more recent
USB ports 1x USB 2.0 port or more recent