Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, has developed a stand-alone simulator of the machine that can be used for training and in preparation for procedures. The da Vinci Skills Simulator feels like the real thing, but through the viewfinder you get to play around with virtual sutures and digital tissues:
The straightforward set-up allows users to practice unassisted or with supervision, according to their preference. Built-in metrics enable users to assess skills, receive real-time feedback and track progress. Administrative tools let users structure their own curriculum to fit with other learning activities in their institution. The open architecture of the system software allows for the future development and incorporation of additional practice modules.
Each exercise covers at least one of the following skill categories:
EndoWrist® Manipulation – EndoWrist instruments are designed to provide surgeons with natural dexterity and a range of motion far greater than even the human hand. These exercises are designed to help users gain familiarity with the movement of these instruments. Camera and Clutching – The three-dimensional, enhanced high-definition vision of the da Vinci System offers a key clinical advantage in surgery, and these exercises help users improve camera control and learn to use the clutch effectively. Fourth Arm Integration – For more advanced instrument control skills, some exercises include a fourth instrument arm that must be used. This is designed to promote instrument skill, and encourages users to think strategically about instrument placement during tasks. System Settings – The surgeon console features a comprehensive set of controls for user settings. Quiz exercises on the simulator focus on basic setting topics such as icons, ergonomics and instrument scaling. Needle Control and Driving – These scenarios are designed to help users develop skill when manipulating needles, including a focus on how to effectively hand off and position needles while practicing with a range of geometries. Energy and Dissection – The footswitch panel enables users to perform a range of tasks such as swapping between different types of energy instruments. These exercises allow users to gain familiarity with the footswitch panel by letting them practice applying monopolar and bipolar energy while working on dissection tasks.
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