From 16th to 20th October, the third MED1stMR Field Trial took place in Östersund, Sweden.
The Swedish project partner ‘Region Jämtland Härjedalen’ hosted the training with the mixed reality training solution for medical first responders. The Field Trials let the end users experience the training sessions, allow the research partners to carry out the scientific studies and enable the technical partners to test the setup in the training environment. Each session ends with questionnaires and other research activities to learn about the levels and effects of stress during training. An individual stress level is measured at the beginning of training for each participant, then the trainer can monitor the variability during training. Based on this data, the trainer can change the training by making the scenario more challenging (and probably more stressful) or reducing the load to lower the stress perception – both to create ideal learning effects and to better prepare trainees for real-life emergency situations. The training is set up like it should be executed after the end of the project. This also means involving the local trainers and letting them adapt the training to their methods.
On the first day, the local trainers were introduced to the technology and the training approach in mixed reality, supported by the Swedish partner, UMEA University, and the project trainers. Following this preparation. the local trainers executed the sessions with the local participants. The trainers operated the system and adapted the scenario flow to their and the trainees’ needs.
The solution received very good feedback from the trainees and local trainers, and the consortium was able to identify areas for improvement. The project results will be shown at the final conference in Ranst, Belgium on 17th and 18th April 2024.