New component for the dV-Trainer® facilitates better teamwork between the console-side surgeon and first assistant
Mimic Technologies Inc. debuts the new Xperience Team Trainer robotic surgery simulator at the 14th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), January 25-29, 2014, San Francisco.
The Xperience Team Trainer is the first system exclusively designed to help the robotic surgeon’s first assistant gain experience and refine skills in a simulation environment. The new simulator functions as a complementary hardware unit for the dV-Trainer® simulator, featuring two movable laparoscopic tool ports for use by the first assistant. This enables the first assistant and console surgeon to safely train together outside of the OR.
Within the robotic surgical environment, cooperation between the console-side surgeon and first assistant is critical for efficient, effective performance. A high level of teamwork requires precise verbal communication and the ability to anticipate and react to one another’s movements during common procedural tasks.
“As the saying goes, ‘Separation is in the preparation,’” said Jeff Berkley, CEO and founder, Mimic Technologies Inc. “The first assistant’s role in influencing procedures is crucial, and perhaps underappreciated. Giving the console-side surgeon and the first assistant the chance to train together should be a tremendous asset for institutions looking to maximize patient safety and overall efficiency in robotics.”
Many of the most effective basic skills exercises on the dV-Trainer have been modified to accommodate the first assistant. These exercises build teamwork and synchronization for common maneuvers such as needle passing, tissue retraction and clip application.
“The Xperience Team Trainer should benefit institutions looking to maximize preparedness of their robotic surgery teams,” said Dr. John Lenihan, Medical Director of Robotics & Minimally Invasive Surgery, MultiCare Health Systems (Tacoma WA), Assistant Professor of OB-GYN, University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle WA). “The new team exercises are an innovative method to help the first assistant refine their working relationship with the console-side surgeon.”
The Xperience Team Trainer leverages Mimic’s unique MScore™ evaluation system, which factors in comprehensive metrics and experienced surgeon data. MScore allows options for scoring the surgeon’s and first assistant’s performance on exercises separately, as well as for combined proficiency.
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Mimic Technologies Inc., founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, WA, is a pioneer and leader in robotic surgery simulation and training. The dV-Trainer was the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci® Surgery System from Intuitive Surgical.