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Second Life for London paramedics

20 Oct 2008

Second Life for London paramedics Paramedic students will be taught how to deal with emergency situations using Second Life before they apply for graduate jobs in London, it has been reported.

The use of Second Life to provide students with a chance to work in a small team to treat a virtual patient is being introduced at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, which is a partnership between St George's, the University of London and Kingston University, according to e-Health Europe.

Using their own paramedic avatar, students will be able to respond to a 999 call and treat a person slumped outside a nightclub and after accessing the patient the virtual paramedics can place the patient into the back of an ambulance, the news provider states.

When they arrive, they have to handover patient notes, which are emailed to their tutor, the website reports.

Emily Conradi, e-Projects manager, told e-Health Europe: "The advantage of Second Life is that it feels more real. Students get a sense of being there together and can decide what to do from what they can see in front of them."

Meanwhile, ministers are keeping a close eye on virtual world economies to see if they need to intervene and impose taxes on them, reports Reuters.

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