A medical study conducted by Imperial College London, investigating the impact of VR training session for Attune Total Knee Arthroplasty developed by Pixelmolkerei states “Immersive VR training improves scrub nurses understanding, technical skills and efficiency in complex revision knee arthroplasty surgery. These iVR-learnt skills appear to translate into the physical environment. The wide-spread adoption of this technology could address the need for a safe learning environment for scrub nurses to acquire these complex skills.”
Fully qualified scrub practitioners with at least 6 months’ experience in orthopedics were recruited. The mean age of the 10 remaining participants was 33.3 ± 10 (range 27–58) years. Training was delivered in a simulation centre at a university-affiliated hospital over four weeks incorporating four separate iVR sessions. Following the final iVR session, participants repeated the real-world simulated assessment using the real equipment.
According to the study results following completion of the iVR curriculum, confidence as recorded on the 5-point Likert scale increased significantly in all areas. Confidence increased in component assembly and knowledge of the procedural steps. Levels of anxiety also reduced significantly in these areas.
Detailed description of the study and its outcome were published on the website of PubMed Central https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8317146/
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