The Johnson & Johnson Institute, a world leader in professional education, has launched a new global virtual reality training program for surgeons and nurses. The program currently includes three unique VR training modules for orthopaedic surgery, with plans to add more.
The Johnson & Johnson Institute, a world leader in professional education, has launched a new global virtual reality (VR) training program for surgeons and nurses. The program currently includes three unique VR training modules for orthopaedic surgery - Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement with Direct Anterior Approach and Hip Fracture Treatment with a Proximal Femoral Nail - to help improve surgical techniques and drive greater patient outcomes.
As the global population continues to age, the volume of orthopaedic surgical procedures is expected to rise exponentially. In the United States alone, the volume of primary Total Hip Replacement and primary Total Knee Replacement is projected to grow by 171 percent and up to 189 percent, respectively, by 2030, according to data presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) 2018 Annual Meeting.
All instruments and implants in the VR training modules are designed to simulate real-world experience in an operating room, while anatomy and biomechanics provide an accurate scenario for the user. The modules meet clear educational needs at every experience level, ranging from basic to advanced and expert. The training also takes into account the fewer training hours that residents typically have given their heavy workloads and work hour restrictions.
"The introduction of this tech-forward training solution builds on our deep commitment to enhance human health through professional education in innovative ways," said Sandra Humbles, Vice President of Global Education Solutions, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. "Our new VR training is part of our growing digital ecosystem, and will help drive greater standardization in surgical procedures and ultimately transform the way professional education impacts patient care."
A study conducted in 2017 with the first Johnson & Johnson VR education module found that 80 percent of 107 interviewed orthopaedic surgeons would like to use VR frequently for training, and 90 percent would recommend VR training to their peers.1
"Virtual reality allows our surgeons to train and refine their techniques in a fully immersive environment, creating more valuable training, eliminating travel costs and saving precious time," said Prof. Kristoff Corten (Belgium). "With clinically relevant, real-life scenarios, these modules address an important need - enabling surgeons, nurses and residents to practice at their own pace and as often as they want until they master a certain procedure, all to the benefit of our patients."
The technology is available at J&J Institue sites in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hamburg, Germany; Beijing, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Raynham, Massachusetts in the U.S. The Johnson & Johnson Institute has already deployed 50 VR systems, with the goal of including these experiences in basic courses this summer and expanding to other Institutes around the world.
1Beke, Libi. "Exploring surgeon's acceptance of Virtual Reality headset for training." 2017.