The kicker technology, which is being delivered through medical simulation, is available no matter where care is offered. It is a game changer according to Peter Weinstock given its roles. For example, it offers reduced time in the operating rooms, improved outcomes for patients of all ages and reduced anesthetic times among others. The technology is a lifelike rehearsal and it does not have any known side effects.
However, the ICU doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital says that the technology may not have much to offer in improving health care. However, it is equally significant to health care.
But what is its relevance?
There is so much that happens around a child’s first day of life especially when the infant’s health could be in a deteriorating status. Some of the problems particularly those pertaining to the lungs must be fixed from an operating room. However, the infant is first whisked away to the ICU to be put to sleep and have the blood oxygenated. This gets the baby safely into the operating room.
However, the likes of congenital diaphragmatic hernia are rare disorders hence there is still a challenge to get the volume that would put the expertise curve at 100%.
So how do you make the rare common?
Weinstock says that the current model of training; the apprenticeship model has it that we apply it on the very patients that we are giving care to. Medicine could be the last high-stakes industry that does not perform before game time. However, he says that the medical simulation may offer a better approach.
Simulation is being used in several industries already. In fact, the likes of the airline industry have gone as far creating fuselages of simulation environments. The sports industry has arguably high stakes. It is really amazing how different technologies are used to deliver and Weinstock says this is where the lifelike rehearsal technology comes in. It may not be notable at the beginning of whatever problem until when the case has to go to the ICU.