One highlight of our current era is the advancement of technology; as the years progress, our technological capabilities flourish as we are able to accomplish so much more. From state-of-the-art home entertainment systems to life-saving hospital machinery, we continue to innovate.
Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck embraces these advances; including their virtual dementia tour, which takes participants on a journey through a mind suffering from dementia.
VR Training, Real World Results
Holy Name Medical Center is dedicated to bringing their patients the best possible care and service, and to do so, they need the finest staff. The Teaneck hospital trains their staff in countless fields in order for them to relate to, and care for, their patients more effectively. With their innovative Dementia Simulation, they are able to do exactly that, specifically for people suffering from dementia.
“We’ve begun a virtual dementia tour where we take our staff, specifically those involved in direct patient care, and put them through a simulation that mimics what it would be like to experience dementia,” says Holy Name Medical Center’s Director of Simulation Education, Cedar Wang, APN, CHSE.
Wang recently sat down with Steve Adubato, PhD., for an episode One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the hospital’s dementia sensitivity training experience.
“For 5 to 10 minutes, [our medical staff] gets to experience what our patients live with day after day,” adds Wang. “The reason why we do that is because we feel it gives them a better understanding; it makes them a little more patient.”
This groundbreaking technology has improved the capabilities of countless physicians, which in turn has and continues to help countless patients.
To learn more about this simulation and the effects of dementia, check out the following segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.
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