The VisionOn team has produced a prototype tool for the in-ward training of hospital staff in the infection prevention and control (IPC) of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
Developed over three stages during a 12-month process, involving a commercial partner, two NHS boards and 150 NHS nurses, doctors, cleaning and other staff and students in its co-development and evaluation, this interactive and navigable tablet-based training tool uses dynamic visualisation methods to make visible pathogen location, survival and transmission in the ward-based context.
The prototype tool was found to contain information relevant for different staff cohorts, with a mix of experience levels, and to increase participants’ awareness about pathogens, explain ‘why’ IPC procedures should be followed, and reinforce understanding of how HAIs occur.
The tablet-based visualisations were also found to be engaging and supportive of different learning styles and they offered staff a new perspective on pathogens, being able to ‘see’ them contextualised in the virtual ward, making them seem more real.
Apart from in-ward use, a number of further applications of the tool were suggested, including inductions for new starts; education in schools/universities; and refresher courses.
VisionOn was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Follow-On Funding for Impact and Engagement. Grant Ref: AH/M00628X/1