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A novel use for ShowHow has been educating the public on the dangers of sepsis. Ross Dewstow, an Instructional Designer at Waikato DHB, has taken a new approach to scenario-based learning and medical simulation. Ross is giving learners an experience from the patient's point of view.

Ross developed an appreciation for the risks of sepsis when it impacted his family - “my sister got it and nearly died. She was luckily in the hospital when she passed out and they were able to save her. But a lot of people die.” 

Sepsis is blood poisoning - a lot of people don’t realize that they have it until it’s almost too late. Ross compares it to COVID, presenting mild symptoms at first which often people ignore. They are then rushed to hospital in a serious situation. 

The Sepsis Trust are often looking for opportunities to educate at-risk groups such as the farming community on Sepsis. Taking advantage of a large captive audience at the Field Days event, Ross was approached by Paul Duggan and Cam Howard. Who are part of the dedicated Sepsis team at the Waikato DHB and wanted to use ShowHow to demonstrate to farmers the risks of not taking sepsis seriously.

Ross decided on a new approach - mounting a 360 camera on the patient's head to give the learner a patient’s perspective. Ross wanted to convey how it feels to be lying in the bed and surrounded by doctors, nurses and equipment in the hospital, as it can be a very daunting experience. This gave the learner a sense of the recovery process and the impact of hospitalization from sepsis.

Ross wanted each scene of the scenario to be short, and easy to digest, and impactful to engage a wide audience.  The learning objective was to convey the intensity of sepsis. 

Ross used ShowHow to first storyboard the scenario.  “We just worked out the storyboard in terms of the different scenes that we wanted to have as a progression, from a farmer visiting their local GP through the hospital process”.  The doctors in the hospital are very busy, so with the help from Cam, Ross planned the shooting of each scenario, within their time constraints. The “actors” were given instructions regarding filming time and keywords to use in their scene.  “They just went about their normal business and totally ignored the fact that the camera was rolling,  so they didn't need many takes”. 

“Each scene was filmed for about an hour or so and then generally, I would go home and work on content curation. Once the videos were shot and uploaded into ShowHow, I just had to drag them onto the scene and link them and then you play it. It's a pretty clever and user-friendly interface and I had great support as I assembled the scenes into a great product.”.

“Our Waikato DHB Sepsis team was over the moon when they saw the final product. At Field Days we had a computer with a large television screen with the course running on loop, an iPad for people to try it out, and a Virtual Reality headset to experience a 360-degree video experience. Our main purpose was to create awareness of sepsis and many people were excited and wanted to try VR and see how it worked. It was amazing that many people learned what sepsis was, and how many people had family members or friends who have suffered because of it”. 

“I think it's a new sort of product, and visually quite stunning, when people can actually watch a video but then also be in control of where they look. And I think that was the exciting part of it.”.

Giving total control to the user who decides where they want to look and when they want to move to the next scene. 

“It showed us that the ShowHow product is open to people’s imagination as to how they use it for their audience to entertain and educate about anything really.”  

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If you'd like to discuss this project or do something similar - Ross is available for consulting and can be emailed


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