Virtamed is a healthcare simulation company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland that offers simulators for medical training and education. Through both medical training simulators and custom-made simulators, Virtamed develops and produces highly realistic surgical tools for medical education and training purposes.
The company’s mission is to alter the way medical skills are taught so that learners can receive feedback regarding their skill levels prior to treating patients first-hand. This helps to eliminate potential risk factors that could cause harm to real-life patients. In pursuit of this mission, VirtaMed’s vision is then to improve the quality of medical care with state-of- the-art, virtual reality-based medical training and education.
Since the company’s founding in 2007, a team of engineers focused on the future of surgical education have worked to combine customer orientation, agility, diversity and passion to create advanced surgical training tools. So far, various top-edge simulators have been developed and produced under their leadership.
Today, virtual reality simulators for a medical device can be considered to be a competitive advantage over competition without these tools. Why? Training is one of the main factors practitioners consider when choosing to adopt a new procedure. Training can even help to prepare for initial clinical trials and medical device validation.
This technology is also extremely important because the simulated tools enable surgeons and other healthcare professionals to train within safe environments before performing procedures without adequate progression. According to Virtamed, numerous medical training institutions have found that integrating simulation into their curriculum both improves training outcomes and ultimately supports better patient care.
Healthcare facilities and organizations often rely on simulators like the ones offered by Virtamed to reduce the costs for disposable material during surgical and procedural training. Regardless of whether a learner needs to simulate 2, 20 or 200 procedures to reach proficiency, there are no additional costs involved.
This is because equipment breakage costs are also reduced. In terms of healthcare simulation tools, the long term financial benefits outweigh the initial investment after a short period of time. So, investing in simulation really does “pay off.”
Medical Training Simulators
Another goal of Virtamed is to use simulation to implement shorter learning curves and the seamless transfer of skills to the operating room. In achieving this successful outcome, the company has made reality simulators available at virtually any time and in any location.
Simulation through Virtamed training therefore allows learners and educators to schedule surgeon training whenever they want. With medical training simulators, clinicians’ practice independence is achieved sooner, enables them to better handle challenging cases and errors in real procedures are reduced.
With this type of limitless virtual accessibility, Virtamed hopes to help accelerate the time a learner needs to gain competency across the educational and training scenarios. Not needing to rely on a suitable operating room plans or the right patient for a procedure adds efficiency to training principles.
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Thus, Virtamed’s original instruments provide a complete training experience and optimally prepare users for whatever real procedure they are simulating. The company shares online that the hope is that these instruments can lead users to obtaining a real competitive edge within their hospital or training center. Here are some of the medical training instruments offered by Virtamed:
- The VirtaMed ArthroS prepares trainees for the operating room quickly and efficiently, by supporting them through their arthroscopic learning journeys.
- This involves utilizing complex training cases and society-endorsed and competency-based curriculums.
- The VirtaMed GynoS ensures that trainees reach a defined level of proficiency in OB/GYN before examining real patients.
- The tool also provides a structured training approach based on progressively complex cases.
- Through use of the VirtaMed GynoS, trainees learn to recognize pathologies and handle complications. Learners also have time to ask questions during procedures and reflect on findings when using this tool
- Through the use of original medical instruments, skills are directly transferable to clinical settings.
- The VirtaMed UroS tool provides simulation training for TURP, TURB, laser BPH with Thulium or HoLEP and morcellation.
- During the training, Urologists can learn how to master instruments and manage complications without involving live patients.
- Didactic content and expert movies will exemplify best techniques, and individual courses allow for personalized urologic surgery training.
Custom VirtaMed Simulators Using Original Surgical Devices
In addition to medical training simulators, custom simulators using original surgical devices can help take practitioner or trainee education to the next level. These tools help learners and educators alike to experience how their medical devices will look and react in virtual reality scenarios. Through customization, they also better facilitate their individual medical educations.
The facilitation and customization of medical simulation needs helps working or recently hired healthcare professionals to become familiar with the look and feel of the specific devices their organization or facility uses. Using this established technology and software platform of the existing simulator family, VirtaMed can shorten development time and lessen the resources needed to translate new procedures into virtual reality.
Customized simulation training also allows trainees to perform more than 10 procedures in a single hour. This paves the way toward a more efficient and comfortable learning period and the effective training of learners. Simulators can be set up in about 15 minutes, without the need for messy cadaver training.
Practicing with adapted original tools further provides learners with complete simulation experiences and familiarization the devices they will later be expected to use in day-to-day practice. Typically, these surgical tools include the resectoscope, camera, morcellator, shaver, grasper, or punch can be used for diagnostic and operative procedures, Virtamed notes.
According to Virtamed, more healthcare professions tend to be willing to try a first case, because they will build up a realistic understanding of the procedure through customized simulation. These first time cases go better, smoother and quicker with a simulator, which makes them great tools for improving the overall patient and practitioner experience.
Lastly, as a professional training and marketing tool, VirtaMed customized simulators foster an innovative professional company image. They are able to showcase medical devices in a virtual environment that is hands-on, leading learners to associate a facility’s branding, colors and designs with the established software components in use. Parts of the customized hardware components can also be adapted to fit a specific corporate identity.
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