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Revolutionizing Medical Training in India: GSL Smart Lab and the LAP Mentor

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 Revolutionizing Medical Training in India: GSL Smart Lab and the LAP Mentor - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Digital Twin / Simulation
  • Sensors - Dimension & Displacement Sensors
Applicable Industries
  • Education
  • Healthcare & Hospitals
Applicable Functions
  • Product Research & Development
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Virtual Prototyping & Product Testing
  • Virtual Training
Services
  • Testing & Certification
  • Training
The Challenge
The GSL SMART Lab, a collective effort of the GSL College of Medicine and the GSL College of Nursing and Health Science, was facing a challenge in providing superior training to healthcare professionals. As clinical medicine was becoming more focused on patient safety and quality of care, the need for medical simulation to bridge the educational gap between the classroom and the clinical environment was becoming increasingly apparent. Dr. Sandeep Ganni, the director of the GSL SMART Lab, envisioned a world-class surgical and medical training center where physicians and healthcare professionals could learn skills through simulation training. He was looking for different simulators for different specialties to provide both basic and advanced simulation training. For laparoscopic surgery, he was interested in a high fidelity simulator that could provide basic surgical and suturing skills training for international accreditation as well as specific hands-on training in complex laparoscopic procedures for practicing physicians in India.
The Customer
About The Customer
Founded in 2012 by Dr.Bhaskara Rao Ganni, GSL SMART Lab is a collective effort of the GSL College of Medicine, the GSL College of Nursing and Health Science. It serves as an incorporated center point of training healthcare professionals with a definitive goal of enhancing quality and safety of care. The lab is directed by Dr. Sandeep Ganni, a research fellow at Catharina Hospital in the Netherlands. The lab aims to be a world-class surgical and medical training center where physicians and healthcare professionals could learn skills through simulation training, with a focus on patient safety and healthcare in India.
The Solution
The GSL SMART Lab purchased 3D Systems’ LAP Mentor simulator for hands-on practice of basic skills and surgical procedures. A 6-month course using the LAP Mentor was designed to provide surgical and suturing skills to acquire LSS certification. The course is available for surgical residents from GSL College of Medicine as well as surgical residents in medical colleges throughout India. In addition, 8-10 month courses are offered with a specific training curriculum for advanced laparascopic surgical procedures. Trainees practice procedures, crisis management and team work by simulation. This simulation-based training is one of a kind in India. The LAP Mentor offers a specific LSS course which prepares the trainee for the LSS examination and subsequent accreditation. It is an important tool for learning and practicing the surgical skills and procedures needed to successfully receive the LSS Certification of Accreditation as well as the actual simulator for conducting the LSS examination.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of the LAP Mentor simulator has revolutionized the training process at the GSL SMART Lab. The simulator provides realistic training with excellent haptic feedback, allowing trainees to feel the resistance of the tissues as they manipulate them. The wide variety of modules, tasks and cases provide both basic and advanced simulation training for beginning students as well as practicing physicians. This allows for designing a wide variety of simulation training courses at the GSL SMART Lab. The LAP Mentor also offers a specific LSS course which prepares the trainee for the LSS examination and subsequent accreditation. The service provided by 3D Systems is outstanding and an important factor to making sure that the SMART Lab functions efficiently.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Students who have had training on the LAP Mentor were 70% more proficient than the control group who had no simulation training.
  • They had 70% less complications and errors.
  • The students were more confident and proficient so that the surgeons did not need to take over during the operation.

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