Utilization of virtual reality for endotracheal intubation training

James Mayrose, T. Kesavadas, Kevin Chugh, Dhananjay Joshi, David G. Ellis

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Tracheal intubation is performed for urgent airway control in injured patients. Current methods of training include working on cadavers and manikins, which lack the realism of a living human being. Work in this field has been limited due to the complex nature of simulating in real-time, the interactive forces and deformations which occur during an actual patient intubation. This study addressed the issue of intubation training in an attempt to bridge the gap between actual and virtual patient scenarios. The haptic device along with the real-time performance of the simulator give it both visual and physical realism. The three-dimensional viewing and interaction available through virtual reality make it possible for physicians, pre-hospital personnel and students to practice many endotracheal intubations without ever touching a patient. The ability for a medical professional to practice a procedure multiple times prior to performing it on a patient will both enhance the skill of the individual while reducing the risk to the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Haptic device
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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