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Dec

11

5 Games That Help Advance the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare

“Serious games” or “games with a purpose” are games with a benefit for the real world. They are used, among other things, for medical research and for the treatment of patients. The developers of these games have the ambition to provide the player with an immersive experience just like what modified simulator games bring to the player.

‘Immersio’ comes from Latin and means ‘immersion’ or ‘deepening’. Especially virtual reality, VR for short, allows the player to sink into a complex and coherent world that takes place as a believable story in the middle of a detailed landscape. This deception of the mind is now so successful for game developers that it is also successfully used for the benefit of human health.

In these 5 areas, games improve healthcare

  1. In the treatment of patients
  2. In medical education
  3. As training for surgeons
  4. In medical research
  5. As psychosocial support for patients and relatives

1. ‘Snowworld’ alleviates the pain of an Afghan soldier

The pain relief game “SnowWorld” was designed for people with severe burns. Thanks to an icy environment, the patient experiences physical and mental relief. This works especially with VR headsets that cover the entire field of vision, as immersion in the virtual world is particularly credible for the brain. Patients state that they feel less pain through the simulation. But not only subjectively: brain signals indicated a lower stress level of the patients in the monitoring. In a film documentary, a US soldier injured in Afghanistan describes how exactly the computer game helps him:

2. Learning through experience for aspiring doctors

Together with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, ImmersiveVREducation is developing a special kind of lesson. The medical students take control of a resuscitation room as players and, as young doctors, have to make decisions about the life and death of their patients. The game simulates the stressful conditions under which they as doctors later see trauma patients in real life and thus prepare them for the everyday working life. According to the manufacturer, the game is made available free of charge for owners of the Oculus GearVR on the Oculus GearVR App Store.

 

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3. Gamers revolutionize research

The computer game ‘Foldit’ creates something that neither humans nor computers have achieved alone. It optimizes proteins. Gamers start without prior knowledge and participate in the optimization of proteins. The aim of the game is to produce proteins that are as well folded as possible, which are in the energy minimum as in nature. Using ‘tutorial puzzles’, gamers learn step by step how to manipulate and fold a graphical correspondence of the protein structure. The combination of human wealth, crowdsourcing, and distributed computing lead to great success.

In a protein prediction competition in 2008, Foldit was victorious as a participant despite inexperienced players and immature tools: it achieved third place in 50% of the cases and once the top spot. Computer-calculated models were all beaten by Foldit. In September 2011, Foldit then deciphered the monomeric protein M-PMV protease, which causes AIDS in rhesus monkeys (Mason-Pfizer monkey virus retroviral protease). In January 2012, Foldit players succeeded in redesigning a protein with 18 times the activity of the original.

4. Wii U Game Can Improve Surgeon Fine Motor Skills

The game “Underground” is designed to train the motor skills of surgeons performing laparoscopic surgery on the pelvis or abdomen. The game is a reaction to a Dutch health report that found that many mistakes in laparoscopy were made due to surgeons’ lack of training in motor skills. The game improves capabilities by taking advantage of typical game challenges using the Nintendo Wii Motion Plus controller.

5. Serious games – as a psychosocial accompaniment

“Papa & Yo” is about a boy and a monster. The game begins with scenes of the boy Quico and his alcoholic father with the words “When I was a kid, my father was a monster”. In the course of the game, the boy Quico befriends a monster addicted to frogs, who turns into a dangerous opponent after eating the frogs. Quico wants to protect the monster and can’t prevent the monster from killing two of his best friends. Quico realizes that Monster is an allegory for his alcoholic father, that he can’t help him, and that he needs to break away from him.

Summary

Games are sometimes suspected of harming our health by making us forget the world around us while playing on the computer, not eating food, and meeting real people.” However, serious games” or “games with a purpose” use precisely this pull effect of games to research, treat and train. Even paralyzed people can use the illusion that games create to induce the first movements of their muscles, more easily than they would be able to do with pure physiotherapy. The pleasant does not exclude the useful.

Dec

01

5 Ways a Care Watch Helps a Nurse

Healthcare providers

 

In healthcare, it is very important to time to pay attention. Nurses and healthcare providers usually have a timetable for when to be with certain patients or when to perform which action they must execute. Keeping track of time is one of the most important things in care in order to be able to treat every patient properly. On the other hand, doctors even get a double watch winder for their expensive automatic watches.

A watch can sometimes be on the way when it is on the wrist, therefore, there is a care watch that does not get in the way and is useful during nursing. This watch is specially made to have time with you as conveniently as possible without a clock that can get in the way and hook up during something treating patients or during other actions performed by nurses have to do.

Reason 1: A care watch that doesn’t get in the way

A clock that does not get in the way during nursing is the nurse watch. This clock is attached to the chest pocket of the uniform and placed with a clip that is firmly attached. This way the clock is not in the way and you can move freely. The watch can also not hook on something because its model is specially made for healthcare.

Reason 2: Easy clock viewing due to the visible dial

The clock ensures that with one eye on the clock immediately the time becomes clear, so you don’t have to look long or multiple times. This is made as easy as possible by the visible dial with good contrast so that the hands are also very easy to see. For example a white dial with clear red hands indicating the time. Because it’s that easy, these special watches are also very popular.

 

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Reason 3: Several stylish care watches

The nurse’s watch is in many different colors and styles available. Because you can choose between different styles and colors, the clock shines a fine and cheerful atmosphere and makes your outfit very cozy and not as basic as most uniforms. The atmosphere that is radiated also gives you a nice feeling while wearing this clock. These clocks are also available in different prints that stand out a lot. These prints combined with the cheerful colors immediately make your appearance very friendly and cheerful, that is the look you want, right?

Reason 4: No bacteria hiding on the clock

Because the clock is not on the wrist, bacteria get there also difficult. For example, while eating, no bacteria get on the care watch because it is located in the breast box. So you don’t have to watch every take it off again and clean it again.

Reason 5: Available for every craftsmanship

The nurse’s watch is not alone for healthcare, but also for other work where a watch that is on the wrist is clumsy. The clock is very useful for intensive work because it does not can get in the way.

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