Real Disaster Preparedness in a Virtual World

An anonymous commenter on my recent post on the CDC in Second Life directed me to the Idaho Bioterrorism Awareness and Preparedness Program’s Play2Train project.  This space provides a virtual training environment for emergency response professionals.  They have a town set up where they can role play various disaster scenarios complete with victims, as well as a hospital with exercise machines, an isolation ward and a surgery room.  They have also created a machinima video depicting the various stages of smallpox, and a simulation to help teach lung sound auscultation (a fancy way of saying “listening to the lungs with a stethoscope”).  What a great way of doing this type of training in a low-cost way but with a big impact.

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