Holograms make their way into the classroom for nursing students

Nursing students at San Diego State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock study various patient situations using augmented reality simulations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

HoloPatient, the mixed reality program, offers users up to 10 different scenarios, from gushing wounds to severe allergic reactions. To use the program, nursing students put on a pair of AR goggles containing the program. Pushing a button on the goggles reveals  a 3D, to-scale patient, who materializes in the classroom in real time.

Nursing professors use this technology to immerse students in cost-effective training that is rather inaccessible in real life.

"Do I want my students to experience a patient fall? Absolutely not," Philip Greiner, RN, director of SDSU's school of nursing, told The Wall Street Journal. "I want to be able to reproduce that for every single one of my students."

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