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Virtual Simulations

As I have been commenting recently, the need for and benefits of Virtual Medical Simulations by DDA Medical cannot be overstated. The reduction of medical errors, lifesaving reductions I should add, and the gain in clinician proficiency, speed and capabilities is game changing. Add on top of that the potential cost savings boost to the American, perhaps World economy and you have multiple compelling reasons why the healthcare industy, the medical community and governments across the globe should be pushing us forward toward a parallel virtual medical world.

A similar set of needs, benefits and savings can be accomplished for many other fields and industries. Education, manufacturing, commerce, transportation, financial applications abound. No doubt the VMS division of DDA will be followed by a VS divisions focused on conceptualizing, designing, and building Virtual Simulations for a wide variety companies and organizations. And as DDA Medical claims…these too will be Virtually Perfect.

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Virtual Medical Simulations

Data to support the benefits in reduction of medical error and improvement of medical procedure proficiency has been hard to come by. Not because the advantages are not real and demonstrable, but rather because the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt virtual simulation and other simulation technologies.

The May 19,2009 article, quoted below, by the Bristish Medical Association is a great example of the potential of virtual medical simulations when tested:

Participants were randomly allocated to either virtual reality simulator training or to traditional clinical training. The simulator group received seven hours of training. After training, the registrars performed their first laparoscopic operation on a patient (under senior supervision) and were scored according to their technical performance by two independent assessors. Their operation time was also recorded.

The simulator trained group scored an average of 33 points, equivalent to the experience gained in 20-50 laparoscopic procedures (intermediate level performance). The control group scored an average of 23 points, equivalent to the experience gained in less than five procedures (novice level performance).

Operating time was 12 minutes in the simulator group compared with 24 minutes in the control group.

To reiterate, the simulation trained surgeons demonstrated an experience level equivalent to having participated in 20 to 50 procedure, while the control (non simulation trained) surgeons scored as if they had experience with less than 5 procedures.

How many medical errors would be avoided,  outcomes improved, hospital stays shortened, costs reduced and yes even lives save, if every surgical procedure was performed by simulation trained surgeons.

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Virtual Medical Simulation Error Prevention

According to a study by the Institute of Medicine, medical errors in the United States  cause between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths each year. WOW!

That makes medical errors the eighth leading cause of death in the US. More deaths by far than breast cancer. So what is being done about this…not much. There is a movement to reduce medical error through medical simulation, but the initiatives we have seen involve medical mannequins, cantelopes as surgical stand-ins and lots of clinicians running around trying to teach other clinicians on a one-to-one basis.

As surgical training used to revolve around the expression: watch an operation, do an operation, teach an operation, I guess operating on cantelopes is a step forward. Imagine how many inoperable automobiles there would be if auto mechanics were taught the same way.

DDA has a much better way. Virtual Medical Simulations that teach individuals indiviually, at their own pace, in the comfort of their office or home or the beach, if they so choose. Advanced, memorable, cost effective Virtual Medical Simulations by DDA. The future is here today…and not a minute too soon!

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