Virtual Reality First Aid
Virtual Reality for Years 5 to 12
Experience the future of first aid education.
St John WA provides free first aid training at schools and early childhood centres in Western Australia.
Bringing VR into our free First Aid Focus program means students get the opportunity to experience first aid in a safe and virtual world.
Students get the chance to interact with virtual patients and learn how to provide assistance and call for help. This is an exciting new addition to our First Aid Focus program generously made possible by the McCusker Foundation and St John Giving.
VR Booking requirements
To book the Virtual Reality First Aid program, the following safety guidelines apply:
- Suitable for years 5 to 12
- Ideal class size of 30 to 32 students
- 2 weeks’ notice for bookings.
Our VR experience sessions run for 1 hour per class and we require a minimum of 3 hours per booking (3 classes).
If you are looking to book for more than the minimum requirement, we can also run the VR sessions for full days consecutively.
For the best possible experience, we require a large, enclosed space with little to no sunlight as this can affect the VR headsets sensitivity.
The sessions can be run in smaller spaces although for the best student experience. If the trainer believes the area available is too small, they may run the session in smaller groups. A teacher or member of staff must remain in the room at all times as our Community Education Officers will not accept Duty of Care for the students.
What skills will the students learn in Virtual Reality?
Students are presented with a patient who is unconscious on the ground. The patient is breathing. MIA (our Medical Information Assistant) will instruct the student on what they need to do. The student will then be required to perform the skill without
instruction within the required time limit. Students will practice the practical skills involved only up to the DRSAB portion of the St John Action Plan; the module will then talk the student through the CD portion of the action plan.
- Students can identify the danger.
- Call for an Ambulance
- Put the patient in the recovery position.
Students are presented with a patient who is hot and not feeling well. MIA will instruct the student through what they need to do referring back to the students’ knowledge of the St John action plan. The student will then be required to perform
the skill without instruction within the required time limit.
- Students can call for an ambulance
- Students can recognise the need for water and administer it to the patient
The student is presented with a patient who is experiencing chest pain and feeling unwell. MIA will instruct the student through what they need to do referring back to the students’ knowledge of the St John action plan. The student will then be
required to perform the skill without instruction within the required time limit.
- Students can call for an ambulance
- Students can check the expiry date on patients’ medication
- Students can help the patient administer their own medication.
Health and Safety Warnings
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Like other products that produce visual effects (including light flashes), the product may trigger epileptic seizures, seizures, fainting, or severe dizziness even in people who have no history of these conditions. If you have a previous history of epilepsy or seizures, loss of awareness, or other symptoms linked to an epileptic condition, consult your doctor before using the product. To reduce the likelihood of a seizure do not use the product if you are tired or need sleep.
Interference with Medical Devices
The headset and controller(s) may contain magnets or components emitting radio waves, which could affect the operation of nearby electronics, including cardiac pacemakers, hearing aids, and defibrillators. If you have a pacemaker or other implanted device consult with your doctor before using the headset or controller(s). Maintain a safe distance between the headset and controller(s) and your medical devices. Stop using the headset or controller(s) if you observe a persistent interference with your medical device.
Some of the content may be a trigger to participants. Once booking form is received a detailed handout will be sent through detailing what the students will experience. If there is anything in these that may trigger a reaction please advise the VR trainer so they can be aware, monitor or advise the student would prefer not to participate.