SimX is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to create a first-of-its-kind virtual reality (VR) medical simulation training capability for the Air Force's elite Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT) and Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) personnel. This $750K project, funded through the Air Force's highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, seeks to enhance rapid, effective decision-making by creating a realistic, fully immersive aeromedical training modality usable across the Total Force.
CCATT and Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) units are highly-specialized interprofessional teams that can provide up to an intensive care unit (ICU) level of care onboard an aircraft, to preserve the life of a critically ill or injured patient during transportation. The project aims to create new capabilities that enable faster, more frequent, more effective and much cheaper training for en-route care personnel, enabling better medical outcomes for en-route care in both military and civilian settings.
The SimX Virtual Reality Medical Simulation System (VRMSS) is already deployed across the Air Force for use in tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) training. This new project will focus on adapting the current technology to include AE/CCATT-specific training capabilities, such as high-fidelity aircraft environments and medical sets, kits, and outfits. In addition to these foundational capabilities, the project will produce a comprehensive VR scenario-based training curriculum for Air Force personnel. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Air Mobility Command, with subject matter expertise from the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.