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Virtual reality could help reduce surgical errors

Surgical errors can be a major fear when people in Arizona enter the hospital for treatment. Despite the knowledge and skill of surgeons, procedures can be complex and involve new and innovative medical devices. Many manufacturers of medical devices are urging greater use of virtual training and education about their products in order both to minimize liability and maximize positive patient outcome. There are various virtual reality software systems that exist primarily to give surgeons virtual hands-on experience with some of the newest medical technologies.

These systems provide interactive training in newly introduced devices, helping surgeons become more familiar with technologies and lessening the risk of later surgical errors. Medical device manufacturers have noted that without direct involvement in training, they do not know if their products are being used correctly. In addition, increased virtual training opportunities could impel more surgeons and hospitals to implement new technologies in their own operating rooms. Many times, hospitals stick with older technologies as surgeons are more extensively trained on existing tools. When surgeons gain new skills with medical devices, hospitals may be encouraged to adopt them for use.

One software company uses design files from the manufacturers of medical devices to prepare virtual reality training sessions that replicate an operating room environment. This training allows surgeons to virtually use the devices to perform procedures by making use of advanced VR devices like Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch.

Some hospitals continue to avoid the latest technologies due to lack of training while others may implement new choices without sufficient support. In either case, the patient could pay the price with a surgical error. People who have experienced a worsened medical condition as a result of a physician's or hospital's mistake may consult with a medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer may advise about how to move forward in order to pursue compensation.

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