UK doctors can now practice emergency care in virtual reality

A team of specialists from the UK's National Health Service (NHS) has partnered with Oxford Medical Simulation to develop a virtual reality program for the Oculus Rift headset that simulates type 1 diabetes emergency care.

The virtual reality training program allows doctors to practice emergency care without risking the health and lives of real people - in particular, to work out situations of a dangerous increase or decrease in the patient's blood sugar level.

The UK Department of Health Authority Health Education England is currently implementing a pilot virtual reality training course in the south of England. If successful, it will become available throughout the country this year.