Medicine and Technology: VR Training

Improving medical skills and decreasing stress levels during surgery. These are some of the benefits of VR for medical training.

An innovation in the field made possible thanks to technological devices, such as Virtual Reality goggles and data gloves, which have been making training increasingly versatile.
Recent studies have shown that with VR training, surgical residents learn procedures faster and with a lower error margin than their older colleagues who trained with traditional methods.

Virtual Reality collaborative platforms are the latest frontier in Smart Healthcare, with advanced tools to monitor learning and user feedback.

VR Training for Surgeons: Real Life Skills

The use of technology in surgical procedures and training opens a gap with residents who have undergone traditional training instead. To reduce this gap, many hospitals are investing in hi-tech solutions, aware of the benefits of VR training.

VR training has been shown to increase residents’ level of accuracy. Students, who perform several simulated surgeries per day, improve their skills faster and more effectively. Moreover, the instructor is able to supervise the procedures during training, not just in person but also remotely, with feedback that can immediately correct any errors during the procedure, reducing the risks of committing incorrect maneuvers.

Performing the various phases of a surgery on a faithfully simulated digital human body, repeating them several times using VR goggles and hi-tech devices, facilitates future surgeons’ learning. This then spills over into the real world: when doctors are in the OR for the first time, their stress level lowers.

Real-time checklists and feedback: more effective VR training

That’s because exercise and training boosts residents’ muscle memory. So in real life, it means performing procedures more quickly, safely, accurately. Virtual Reality training becomes more effective and boosts the confidence of future surgeons.

From neurosurgical operations to laparoscopy – Virtual Reality can simulate any medical procedure. Residents and medical students can immerse themselves in these lifelike environments, which they perceive as real thanks to wearable devices in VR.

Checklists allow students and supervisors to objectively evaluate the surgical skills acquired during training, in order to understand any errors in maneuvers, thanks to the immediate feedback received from tutors or supervisors.
Every data, every movement is traced. In this way, you can also see the margins for improvement. Recordings can also provide feedback and new acquisitions; indeed, the procedures performed during training in Virtual Reality can be filmed from different angles and recorded.

Benefits of VR training in medicine

The use of technology in the medical field is becoming increasingly widespread, improving professionals’performance and , consequently, patient satisfaction. VR training allows doctors and residents to overcome the obstacles of traditional training methods, expanding the scope of the practice. For future surgeons this means training memory, and faster and more accurate decision-making.

Virtual Reality platforms have several advantages for those who are undergoing training and aspire to become skilled surgeons. CGI recreates every part of the human body in detail and with fidelity. Therefore, training is risk-free and more effective. New surgeons, in fact, interact with the digital human body; they improve their skills in surgical anatomy.

They are able to perform diagnostic procedures multiple times, reducing decision-making time, precisely because they gain confidence in their skills during VR training.

More significantly, by practicing on areas of the body from different viewing angles, they gain extremely accurate knowledge of the human body and its multiple aspects, as if they were operating on different patients, something that they would not otherwise get with traditional training.

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