Medical education has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 50% reduction in operations with trainees as the primary operating surgeon. Similarly the use of cadaver training has been suspended in many countries, also reducing training opportunities.
Throughout the pandemic, training using surgical simulators has been able to safely continue and many training institutions have increased the amount of simulation training being offered. VirtaMed was able to launch mobile simulation labs in France, Germany, and Switzerland, delivering much-needed training to hundreds of physicians.
Simulation is here to stay as part of our new normal.
Here are some of our top tips for using simulators during the pandemic:
- Send trainees information to prepare them for the training, such as an introductory video
- Limit the number of people in a training room in accordance with local recommendations
- Wear disposable gloves and protective masks when using the simulator (just like in the OR!)
- Wipe down the simulator with disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray
- Consider debriefing remotely, using the captured data and video via VirtaMed Connect