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Innovations in The virtual hospital environment s ta atio
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UC Davis ranks among the top teaching
N ew surgical techniques that combine hospitals in the nation and is a regional resource
for training physicians, nurses and other health-
imaging are enhancing the surgeon’s skills and care professionals.
The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care
incorporates a variety of sophisticated simulation
Unlike traditional surgeries, in which doctors
training tools to create a virtual hospital
make incisions large enough to give their
environment for practicing medical procedures.
hands room to work, minimally invasive
The versatile center can mimic a single intensive
procedures rely on tiny keyhole incisions,
slender tools and a video camera that lets
doctors view their work on video monitors.
through emergency treatment and surgery to the
This approach allows physicians to perform
intensive care unit.
many kinds of major surgery with less patient
trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster Virtual hospital applications include:
recovery and shorter hospital stays. • Normal operations
• Staff assessment
With robotics technology, physicians have • Clinical pathways
access to a voice-activated endoscope and • Emergency operations
robotic arm, providing the surgeon with direct • Disaster response
control over a smooth, precise and stable view • Bio-terrorism
• Mass casualty events
camera responds to spoken commands to • Professional education
move up, pan left or pull back, while video • In-service training (onsite and telemedicine)
• Continuing medical education
and in three dimensions. • Competency training and assessment
To learn more about the Center for Virtual
The training lab at UC Davis allows for the
Care, please call (916) 734-4708 or e-mail
development of new minimally invasive
procedures and technologies while providing
hands-on robotic training for medical
residents, faculty and surgeons. With the
integration of computer and communications
technology, doctors will be able to mentor and S A CR A MENTO
teach surgeries taking place anywhere in the
Center for Virtual Care
2315 Stockton Blvd., Suite 1514
Sacramento, CA 95820
(800) 4- UCDAVIS

” a patient trained. . basic obstetrics skills. changing the face of surgery. state-of-the-art medical education an unprecedented array of sophisticated medical conditions and life-threatening teaching aids. These include balloon angioplasty and a simulated response based on a student’s stents to open blocked blood vessels. A variety of visual and tactile practice new procedures. have a depending on his or her decisions. reducing hand tremors and allowing for smaller incisions. practitioners have access to procedures and respond to rare and complex surgical environment for risk-free training. video graphics and unique experiences for each physician and life-size mannequins that allow The simulators blink. respond to other anatomical features that allow students elements allow users to “feel” a lesion in the real-life patient scenarios. The simulation system produces distinct sophisticated software. the mannequins — named vascular procedures and devices for CME/CEU respond to voice commands. New tools for training Bringing realism Advanced training for to preclinical education interventional procedures Just as technology is transforming the practice of medicine and the experiences Patient simulators. it is also changing the way nearly any adult or pediatric patient a doctor opening blocked blood vessels for the treat- tomorrow’s doctors. blood vessel and to hear patient comments skills. remote surgeries on patients located such as inserting a thousands of miles away. simulators that breathe and respond to allowing resident physicians and long-time treatment like real patients to surgical Using sophisticated models of physiology and practitioners to rehearse new interventional robots that hold instruments and pharmacology. When combined with telecommunications technology. speak. from human patient emergencies. “Stan” and “Morgan” — automatically produce credit. actions and students and trained professionals to heartbeat. breathing tube and injecting drugs. as airway management and respiratory therapy Advanced robotics technology is also for both adult and pediatric patients. nurses and allied health they can turn to “Simantha™. patient simulation systems create a mannequin allows physicians and nurses to virtual hospital environment using train with paramedics in the field. as well during the procedure. actions or interventions. are enabling student ment of heart attacks or renal hypertension. CPR. Robots that control the movement of instruments and imaging devices during minimally invasive surgery are giving physicians better precision and increased dexterity. The catheter system replicates mainstream use. and hone their to practice intravenous drug delivery. UC Davis surgeons hope to break the barriers Students practice of time and distance by performing life-saving skills. eight pulse points and a variety of response time. breathe. programmed to act like When physicians and nurses want to practice of patients. health-care professionals are being physicians. nurses and other might encounter. which Based on flight simulation technology. catheterizations. At the UC Davis Center for professionals to perform common medical simulation system that creates a realistic Virtual Care. A third portable cause heart attacks and high blood pressure.