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217 - Case Study: Using AR to Help Prevent Skin Pressure Ulcers

March 31, 2020
The Rosen Centre
Augmented Reality

Skin pressure ulcers can be debilitating or even fatal. In addition to the human cost of pain, there is a financial cost with the most serious cases costing up to 10 times more to treat. Early treatment could prevent those serious cases, but caregivers are often not aware of the early indications of skin breakdown. Current learning resources are mainly text-based and often written in medical language that workers do not understand. What if there was a way of enabling workers to look at real skin to see what the earliest symptoms look like and how they develop over time so the workers can identify potential issues earlier?

In this session, you'll learn how AR is being used to develop a people-focused mobile learning resource within care services as an effective and engaging way to improve the knowledge and understanding of workers about a complex aspect of care. You'll hear how the Scottish Social Services Council collaborated with the National Health Service in Scotland, the Care Inspectorate, and a specialist AR developer to create a mobile app to enable workers to identify the early stages of skin pressure ulcers. You'll hear how we focused on the user experience in both care at home and residential settings to ensure that this resource encourages and engages learners in a workforce that has not always embraced digital technologies for learning. You'll see how the developer worked with the subject matter experts to use medical images to create screen overlays that replicate the look of skin at different stages of tissue viability. Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to see the resource working to enable you to assess the potential of this approach to other AR applications.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How AR is being used in a people-focused application for a workforce that often does not embrace technology for learning
  • How the AR specialists worked with health specialists to ensure the resource accurately replicated changes in the skin
  • What the resource looks like and how it can be used
  • How technology and care stakeholders collaborated to create an easy to use learning resource encouraging learners to use AR
  • Why the SSSC feels that AR offers so much potential to learning in care settings


Designers, developers, managers, senior leaders

Barrie Wilson, Learning and Development Adviser - Scottish Social Services Council




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