With technology in constant development the medical industry seeks to utilize whatever new tech it can in order to further revolutionize medicine and provide better treatment for patients. One of the things that has seen potential in the medical industry is the use of Medical Device Simulations. The use of medical simulations has provided a platform for better teaching allowing soon to be medical professionals to really get hands on training and get an immersive experience of what it’s really like to work in the medical industry.
Simulation in the medical industry comes in a variety of platforms from virtual reality, augmented reality, to computer assisted. In reality, how effective will this be for the medial industry? For a better understanding, let’s take a look into the pros and cons of simulation in the medical industry. First let’s start with the advantage of simulation in medicine
The use of medical simulation allows the users to be able to perform procedural tasks some of which having a high risk in an environment that is safe and free from any danger to both the patient and the one treating them. From this, users of medical simulation will be able to:
- Sharpen their skills safely and be able to learn from their errors
- Understand any negative consequences of their actions better allowing them to avoid any such errors from happening again especially in a real operating room.
The use of medical simulation also provides learning in a participative setting as opposed to teaching done in a long lecture. Through Medical Device Simulations participants will be able to apply their learnings and be able to understand the severity of any mistakes without having to harm anyone in real life. Basically trainees will be able to:
- Make use of their thinking skills paired with knowledge gained through procedures effectively improving decision making skills and communicating with others. Such can be done solo or in a team.
- Perform a variety of medical procedures without the limitations of resources nor the risk of bringing harm to a real patient.
To sum the pros up, the use of simulation provides a very safe and controlled environment without the need for actual resources or an actual patient for a practitioner to be able to train one’s skills and utilize knowledge. But are there any drawbacks from medical device simulations? Let’s take a look at the cons of simulations in medicine.
The name in itself, it is a simulation and one of the drawbacks of any simulation is that it is not able to fully recreate the situations to every detail. Sometimes not all of the simulations are suitable. In addition, simulating a medical procedure can be quite expensive and the system used has to undergo a lot of maintenance and updating in order to really keep an immersive experience. In addition, not all medical situations can be simulated.
If we were to analyze it, the advantages of using Medical Device Simulation surely outweighs any drawbacks. Simulation will prove to be a revolutionary aspect in medicine and further improve treatment.