Case Study

AORN – Medical training with Virtual Escape Rooms

AORN Escape Room Medical Training

Learning and development – Hard and Soft Skills Development for Medical training

Game format:
3D Virtual Escape Room

Perioperative Nurses from the USA

AORN, Professional Association for Perioperative Registered Nurses, USA

AORN is a non-profit membership association based in Denver, providing nursing education, standards, and clinical practice resources to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.

Check out the video of Dr. Lisa Spruce and Hannah Campbell of AORN shared their experience working with Emeraude Escape and how their educational programs have successfully integrated virtual escape room training:

Engaging Virtual Online Training in Medical

AORN chose Emeraude Escape to create virtual escape rooms for a more fun and engaging learning experience to train the perioperative nurses.

The practices proposed in this gamified training are:

  • Prevention of unintentionally RSI (retained surgical items)
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Reconciling count discrepancies

To provide the enhanced environments and the interactive experience, five main characters are put in play:

  • RN circulator
  • Srub person
  • Surgeon and first assistant
  • Anesthesiologist
Medical training virtual escape room


The game is set in the future and the trainees have to play three modules to escape from three situations;

  • to escape the OR (operating room) of the future: practices for the prevention of unintentionally RSI take place
  • to set the team stuck in cryogenic chambers free: trainees learn about the practices for device fragment retrieval and the important dates in AORN timeline
  • to get out of the frozen lab in the North Pole: knowledge and practices of discrepancies count, adjunct technology and RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology devices are shared

Duration: 10- 15 min for each escape room
Player mode: solo
Integration: Game packaged in SCORM 1.2 and integrated to their LMS

Medical training virtual escape room
Medical training virtual escape room

Module 1: Prevention of unintentionally RSI
Setting: Operation Room in 2121
Puzzle sample: Assign 5 professions to the 10 tasks given, determine who performs which task and get at least 8 pairings right to get into the OR: test on the knowledge on the professions and their related fields

Medical training virtual escape room

Module 2: Interdisciplinary approach to categorise and identify patient safety hazards
Setting: Space station in 2122
Puzzle sample: look for the UFOs found in space that have the right answers to unlock the first chamber


Medical training virtual escape room

Module 3: Reconciling count discrepancies
Setting: A frozen lab in the North Pole in 2123
Puzzle sample: Look for 10 surgical items (knowledge on miscount, misplaced item or retained surgical item)

Medical training virtual escape room

Benefits of Escape Room Gamification for Healthcare & Medical training

The goal of using gamification is to keep people engaged and interested in the learning content, especially when the educational program involves technical terms and serious practices. The escape rooms can create an environment where people are motivated to learn specific skills or knowledge. In AORN’s case, Emeraude Escape managed to create the captivating and user-friendly learning experience through the virtual escape rooms where traditional training method could not offer effectively.

Some benefits of this training include:

  • Increased Engagement
  • Increased Participation
  • Enhanced interactivity
  • Personalized learning
  • Increased fun

The nurses were excited to participate in the training program as the learning experience was fun, engaging and memorable. They did not lose focus on the training, which shortens their learning circle and came out with a full understanding of the purpose of training in a short period of time.

Medical training virtual escape room

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