March 03, 2008
Brown Bag Notes: February 29th
On February 29th Ramesh Ramloll (avatar: Moriz Gupte) of the Idaho State University faculty provided a tour of the Play2Train sim in Second Life which was created to support table top exercises for emergency preparedness.
We all put on our HUDs and toured the facilities. Play2Train is composed of 3 Islands: Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix. Asterix and Obelix host the town and hospital. The hospital is a replica of a real world hospital, Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, built according to blueprints. They have evacuation drills in the hospital.
The bluemed medical facility an example of a mobile quarantine unit deployed in emergency situations, especially in a surge situations.
The hospital library has movies playing and anatomical models such as a lung sound ausculation simulation which lets you select a specific disease condition and the student gets to hear various parts of the torso and they have to make a diagnosis.
Play2Train provides emergency preparedness training for responders through "a virtual training space in SecondLife designed to support Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), Simple Triage Rapid Transportation (START), Risk Communication and Incident Command System (ICS) Training." You can find more information, including a video of the sim, at the web site http://play2train.hopto.org/ .
Ramesh is happy to work with the University of Michigan community if we would like to use Play2Train for training. There will be an exercise from folks based at Seton Hall Univ on March 7th that we are invited to pop in and watch.
Posted by gmayman at March 3, 2008 11:38 AM