Project Brief

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections people get at a healthcare facility while receiving medical care for another condition. A key driver of HAIs is inadequate infection prevention and control (IPC) practices. Many hospitals lack sufficient and regular IPC training programs for staff. 

Working with Inception XR and leading healthcare partners, our team designed a VR training simulation to accelerate nurses’ knowledge acquisition of IPC protocols.

“One of the CDC’s core missions is to provide innovative and accessible IPC training for frontline healthcare workers to ensure safe healthcare.”

Using the VR simulation as an immersive learning and training tool, nurses can perform medical tasks in VR while being assessed on their ability to avoid the spread of contaminants.  

The experience

The first module focuses on placing an IV catheter into a virtual patient’s arm. The simulation tracks the user’s compliance with IPC protocol while performing the task in VR, including proper hand hygiene, changing gloves, and cleaning surfaces and medical equipment – all in a simulated hospital environment. 

The design work included considerations for complex interactions, including locomotion, controller inputs, virtual object manipulation, and consistent feedback for user actions. Our team considered the many challenges of designing for users who had never used VR, providing clear instructions and visual cues to guide the user through the simulation. 

L3A’s Role

Designing for VR is always challenging, especially when the goal is to simulate complex actions from real-world scenarios. One of our goals for the project was to help our clients establish a clear visual language and foundation for documenting the user experience in their VR application. Our team:  

Interactions design work included: 

Sample Documentation

Sample experience map
Sample storyboard
Sample persona card

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