Virtual Pain Manager (VPM) — http://vpm.southwales.ac.uk — was an interactive simulation teaching nursing students how to manage post-operative pain using a Patient Controlled Analgesia machine (PCA) and provide associated nursing care in a hospital setting. VPM was first published in 2009 in English and subsequently translated into German and Welsh in 2013. It was retired at the end of 2020.
VPM received a commendation in 2009 Jorum Learning & Teaching Competition.
Virtual Pain Manager was built at the University of South Wales by Barry Richards and Gareth Parsons.
We have had to retire this website because, as of January 2021, Adobe will no longer be providing support for the Flash Player plug-in. Consequently, web browsers will not support the Flash Player plug-in in new versions after this date. This means that any security issues with Flash Player will be unaddressed. While we would like to leave these sites accessible for posterity, it's not acceptable for us to publish a website which may expose users to security threats. Therefore, VPM has been removed.Should you wish to still access these VPM, despite any Flash Player security issues, then you can use an old version of a web browser and the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to access an archived version of Virtual Pain Manager using the Wayback Machine.