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Learning lab to train surgical teams of the future


May 10, 2006

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May 11, 2006 Surgical teams from the United States and around the world will learn advanced robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques at a newly opened Surgical Learning Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan. Traditionally, surgeons train by operating on patients under the supervision of highly experienced doctors. At the center, new surgeons can test their skills before ever stepping into an operating room, enhancing patient safety. Experienced surgeons can increase their capabilities. In addition, the new center will allow surgeons, nurses, anesthetists, technologists and other operating room personnel to train as a team.

The 5,500-square-foot, US$4.5-million opened Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center at Beaumont Hospital is believed to be the first of its kind in the world due to its unique blend of elements, including:

    A surgical skills lab with 10 stations where surgeons-in-training will practice skills ranging from simple suturing to complex neurosurgery. Flat-panel television screens and a two-way communications system enable participants to view and interact with doctors worldwide.

Two mock operating rooms where the surgical team can rehearse their interactions, leading to improved patient care and safety. One operating room is equipped with an electronic, interactive patient simulator that allows doctors to have hands-on training in medical emergencies without risk to an actual patient. In the second operating room, surgeons can train using a da Vinci robot, for procedures that are less invasive and allow faster recovery than conventional surgery.

Workstations for minimally invasive surgical training where participants can learn the latest techniques using "scopes" and small incisions.

A high-tech classroom with worldwide distance learning capabilities. It is linked directly to the hospital's operating rooms for audio and visual communication.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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