eoSurgical has a proud record in deploying our simulators worldwide. Our whole project began – and continues – with the motivation to improve surgical skills and therefore improve patient safety. The growing evidence base for eoSim is testament to the impact that surgical simulation can have.
Our modus operandi is pragmatic. We work hard to distil down the core elements of laparoscopic simulation such that learning is accelerated in a cost-effective and accessible way. We want everyone to have access to good surgical simulation.
Last month, it was therefore pleasing to see our simulators in use in Nepal. They were used for the surgical skills component of the 4th Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / HExN (Health Exchange Nepal) Laparoscopic Surgery Course in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
eoSim provides automated instrument movement metrics (SurgTrac) that can help individuals target specific areas for improvement. One trainee said:
"I never got such a chance before to practise in this way, and with feedback."
All of this is feasible with a portable and affordable eoSim box, eoSurgical software, and a smartphone/tablet. There is no need for expensive infrastructure, consumables, or VR/AR technology and this is key to global accessibility.
An eoSim simulator is also now at home in the United Mission Hospital, Tansen. If regional surgeons here can deliver laparoscopic operations, with a shorter recovery time, it can bring huge benefits to the local population – many of whom are subsistence farmers.
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Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh