Advantages of Mixed Reality Training

In course of our social media campaign “18 days – 18 advantages of Mixed Reality Training” our 18 partners presented different aspects of the MED1stMR project and how they bring advantages to medical first responder training for mass casualty incidents. 

If you missed the campaign or just want to have all advantages at one glance – here we go: 

General advantages of
mixed reality training

Save on material & space 

Once the training system is installed, it’s easy to start training with just one click and adapt it for each training. This results in enormous savings regarding material and space in the organisation of practical training for medical first responders. 

Flexibility & Automated After-Action Review 

Medical first responder training in a mixed reality environment offers flexibility regarding the scenario, the place where you train, and the option to stop and resume anytime. All actions are automatically recorded and video material doesn’t need to be analysed manually. 


Being able to train in environments that typically cannot be closed down for real-life training or are too far away from the trainees, helps to raise the realism of medical first responder simulation training in mixed reality. 

Train the impossible 

Including vulnerable groups (children, elderly etc.) in a mass casualty incident scenario offers valuable options that cannot be trained easily in real-life. 

Mixed Reality instead of Virtual Reality only 

Haptic experience, or the sense of touch, through medical tools or a simulation manikin, is an important aspect of mixed reality (MR) as it allows users to physically interact with virtual objects. This raises realism and creates a better learning effect. 

Save on role-players and replace post-it based injuries 

Providing realistic injuries in the virtual environment and also reactions of the patients to the treatment without the need to prepare hundreds of volunteering role-players offers huge saving potential for training. 

Safe training environment 

The virtual simulation of dangerous mass-casualty incidents (disaster situations, train or bus crash etc.) allows first responder trainees to practice procedures and techniques in a safe and controlled setting. 

Infinite assets 

Selecting from hundreds of realistic assets regarding role players, environments, wounds and the development of injuries during treatment is a game-changer for medical first responder simulation training. 

 User Experience 

Providing the trainees with a realistic environment without the need to actually be in this environment offers important experiences and real-life preparation for medical first responders. 

MED1stMR specific advantages

High Immersion  

By incorporating haptic equipment, such as devices that provide tactile feedback, trainees can interact with physical objects, enhancing their sense of immersion and promoting direct learning effects 

Simulation Manikins 

The integration of high-fidelity patient simulator manikins into a virtual world offers additional virtualised simulation options and provides an ideal addition to current skill training with simulation manikins in the real world. 

Measuring the trainees’ biosignals 

The measurement and subsequent visualisation of real-life biosignal data in a trainer dashboard is an enormous advantage of digitalised training. All data are prepared in one place for more conscious and data-driven training decisions. 

Full-service approach 

Providing training guidelines and didactical concepts for mixed reality training of mass casualty incidents as well as inputs for policy- and decision makers represents the end-user-oriented approach of MED1stMR. 

Stress as a relevant factor in training 

A better understanding of how stress influences the decisions and actions of medical first responders in mass casualty incidents and a smart adaption of the training to such demanding situations enhances the effectiveness of the scarce training sessions enormously. 


Training multiple users at the same time in the same situation offers insights into group dynamics and more realistic preparation for real-life situations. 

Data Visualisation & Behavioural Feedback Loop 

Combining different data to a physiological and trainee behaviour feedback loop that enables a smart assessment of the trainees’ stress level and performance during mixed reality training brings enormous additional insight for evidence-based feedback.

Preparation for large-scale real-life training 

Especially less experienced trainees can be better prepared for real-life training sessions by exposing them to stressful and dangerous situations in the virtual world. The combination of virtual underground reality with haptic objects will improve the subsurface performance of medical first responders while maintaining their resilience

End-user Involvement 

MED1stMR follows a multidisciplinary agile and end user-centered approach that combines the needs of more than 7 different end-user organisations and practitioners with high-end technology and beyond state-of-the-art research. This way, we create a novel training solution for improved performance of medical first responders in emergencies.