Simulators Make Surgeons More Efficient

17 May 2009 (Last Updated May 17th, 2009 18:30)

Computer simulators help surgeons perform better, thereby improving patient safety and operation room efficiency, according to a study. The study by Danish researchers, published in the British Medical Journal, found that surgeons using simulators were twice as quick and used bet

Computer simulators help surgeons perform better, thereby improving patient safety and operation room efficiency, according to a study.

The study by Danish researchers, published in the British Medical Journal, found that surgeons using simulators were twice as quick and used better procedures, sometimes taking just 12 minutes to complete an operation.

"Simulator training should be incorporated into the curriculum for all surgical trainees before they embark on patient procedures," said lead researcher Christian Rifbjerg Larsen.

Imperial College London surgical education expert Roger Kneebone also said that: "sophisticated virtual reality simulators can provide anatomically realistic recreations of many operations".

Even though the technology is already in use across the NHS in the UK, the simulators are not a part of the formal training process.

Also, unlike in certain countries such as Israel, there are no strict guidelines about the time doctors should spend on them.

England's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has previously stated that simulators reduce errors and make surgery much safer. He has also called for more simulation training for medical professionals working for the NHS.

By staff writer.