Coronavirus VR Information Hub

Visit the CDC website for official information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

We’ve set up a free, multi-user, public access Coronavirus VR info hub In Acadicus room 1800.  

If you’re a healthcare provider with access to an Oculus Rift, please consider sharing your experience, demonstrations, and information on or related to Coronavirus.  Contact us through the form below for more information.

Simulation Overview

Dr. Nick Slamon, Pediatric Intensivist at the duPont Hospital for Children, describes the information and data that we’ve put all in one place so as to be a resource for people to keep up to date with the latest information as it comes.  As the pandemic spreads around the world, this will be a teaching resource for residents, fellows, medical students, and respiratory therapists. 

The Coronavirus Info Hub enables you to learn, teach and stay up to date on the flood of information that comes in as the pandemic crosses the globe.  Dr. Slamon discusses the free Johns Hopkins tracker that keeps you updated on the global progress of COVID-19.  We’ve pulled in a snapshot from 3/25/20 that quickly became outdated, as things have gotten substantially worse since then.  This data can be used to track cases by country and compare total recovered patients to patients who have expired.  

In this 3D spatial recording, Dr. Slamon goes over PPE, and the steps involved with putting it on properly, and taking it off properly.  He also discusses the concept of re-using masks that has become necessary given the shortage of N95 masks.  Anyone caring for a COVID-19 patient, intubating the trachea of a patient that could be aerosolizing the virus, needs an N95 respirator or higher.  With this mask, 95% of the virus will be kept out, but you need a good fit.  If you’re a man with facial hair, you need to be clean-shaven.  Use the metal bridge piece along the nose to mold it and seal it with no spaces.  You should not smell or taste anything coming from the outside.  

Diagnosing COVID-19 can be challenging.  Differentiating between coronavirus infection, the flu, and seasonal allergies can become difficult as trees are shedding pollen.  If you have a fever, you could have influenza, common cold or coronavirus.  However, people who suffer from allergies generally don’t have fevers.  If you have shortness of breath, and a strong non-productive cough, this could be a strong indication of coronavirus.  Each of these share many symptoms in common, so it remains very difficult to differentiate without testing.  You could also possibly have co-infection of common cold and coronavirus.


Dr. Nick Slamon

Dr. Slamon completed medical school in 2001 at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia PA. He then completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware. In addition he serves an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Clinical track at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. From 2007 until June 2011 Dr. Slamon worked at the University of Florida as an attending in the 24 bed mixed cardiac and pediatric intensive care unit. He also served as the fellowship program director for his final two years in Gainesville, overseeing 2 fellows per class. He then returned to duPont in July of 2011 serving as the fellowship director and overseeing the expansion from a one fellow per year program to the current 3 fellow per year, 9 fellow program.

Dr. Slamon is an active member of SCCM and the AAP. His research interests are varied but include a strong track record of education and partnership with fellows and junior faculty. Analysis of innovative ways to deliver care are of particular interest. Recent projects include a study of physician biometric parameters using wearables during live critical care activities, a similar biometric project in simulation, use of a digital stethoscope to diagnose pediatric murmurs remotely, review of rapid response activations using telemedicine technology, parameters needed to create a viable pediatric eICU, and he is currently working with a new device to help diagnose pediatric heart failure using an artificial intelligence analysis of ECG/Phonocardiograms. His most recent undertaking involves his partnership with Acadicus to improve immersive medical training through the use of virtual reality simulation.

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