How to Use immersive simulation rooms for EMT, First Responder, Paramedic, and Nurse Training

April 18, 2023

Peter Schlueer

Offering EMT, first responder, paramedic, and nursing students a safe but highly realistic immersive training environment where skills can be trained before helping victims and patients in the real world is becoming a new standard for the most forward-thinking medical education institutions.

Today’s medical training organizations are expected to push students toward deep learning so they can perform better on the job from day one. How can this be achieved? Simulation is rapidly becoming the indispensable answer to prepare students for the critical situations they will face in real life. In simulated training scenarios students exercise clinical and cognitive skills, and develop procedural and intervention expertise.

WorldViz PRISM Immersive Simulation Room

To serve this rising need in the medical training world, WorldViz developed VizMove PRISM, a digital platform for learning by doing. PRISM lets medical trainers create powerful situational awareness through immersive simulation. PRISM is designed to facilitate scenario training, evaluation, debriefing, and interactive presentations. 

PRISM offers students an opportunity to train in a relevant context that engages cognitive skills. Rather than teaching how to execute a procedure, PRISM goes beyond and teaches learners how to truly address a patient in need. The goal is to drive learner engagement and improve real-world performance through training in a digital environment that evokes a sense of presence and triggers emotional responses.

Embedded contextual information can be triggered by simply touching the room walls or using a tablet controller. Controllable lighting and surround sound add to the realism of the immersive training experience. An included 360 degree camera allows educators and students to capture scenes from real clinical and non-clinical environments and use the content for creating new training scenarios with the easy-to-use PRISM software.

The WorldViz PRISM virtual simulation room system lets users select training scenarios by simply touching an image on the wall.

Drag-And-Drop Workflow
Creating content for PRISM is easy and intuitive. Capture images and videos from anywhere with the included 360-degree camera, drag-and-drop the media into PRISM to create a scene, and enhance with sounds, lights, smells, and interactive triggers.

Multi-Sensory Interactive Training
To interact with the environment users tap and swipe walls, or activate triggers with controllers. PRISM delivers surround sound, controllable lighting, and diffused smells for enhanced realism. The experience elicits emotions, memories, and responses that improve learning retention and reliable skills performance.

Configuration Options
PRISM comes in a variety of configurations to meet specific training needs and to fit most rooms. PRISM installs high on walls and within ceilings, so rooms remain open and multi-purpose.

Healthcare Training and University of North Texas, Health Science Center

At the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, simulation is an essential part of health care education. The Regional Simulation Center at HSC has been re-imagined to accommodate the simulation training needs of current and future students as well as community partners. HSC students and healthcare professionals have access to WorldViz PRISM simulation and virtual reality rooms that create immersive experiences in a variety of real-world health care settings. The center is open for training for hospital residency programs, emergency medical service providers, hospital personnel, nursing home staffers, clinical teams, first responders and more. 

WorldViz PRISM medical training in action at University of North Texas, Health Science  Center.

WorldViz PRISM customer Karen Meadows, Director, University of North Texas, Health Science Center says:

“I want people to know that this place is going to change the way that we deliver simulation and education for the future of our students and for our community. This is all about making healthcare safe and protecting patient safety.”

Healthcare Training at California Baptist University College of Nursing

WorldViz VR experts provided California Baptist University College of Nursing with a PRISM immersive virtual simulation room including seven ultra-short-throw projectors. Educators and students can now transform their large training room into a variety of content-rich scenario training environments  that they supplement with real props including mannequins and medical equipment.

Nursing training at California Baptist University College of Nursing inside a 7-projector WorldViz PRISM virtual simulation room.

Sarah E. Pearce PhD, CHSE, Director of Simulation and Standardized Patients for the IPE-LRC College of Nursing at California Baptist University College of Nursing, explains why she loves the WorldViz PRISM virtual simulation room:

“The PRISM system allows our students to apply and practice knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to nursing education in a realistic and highly immersive environment. PRISM provides our students with the opportunity to make mistakes, receive targeted feedback and then correct those mistakes in a safe learning environment prior to their entry into clinical, which in turn helps to improve patient quality and safety outcomes, through simulation based learning and education.”

Learn more about the PRISM virtual simulation room at our website And please watch our YouTube video on PRISM here.

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