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Raven surgical robot training in preparation for da vinci.

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1
University of Washington School of Medicine.
2
University of Washington Biorobotics Laboratory.
3
Albers School of Business & Economics; Seattle University.
4
University of Washington Department of Biostatistics.
5
Department of Urology, University of Washington.

Abstract

The rapid adoption of robotic assisted surgery challenges the pace at which adequate robotic training can occur due to access limitations to the da Vinci robot. Thirty medical students completed a randomized controlled trial evaluating whether the Raven robot could be used as an alternative training tool for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) block transfer task on the da Vinci robot. Two groups, one trained on the da Vinci and one trained on the Raven, were tested on a criterion FLS block transfer task on the da Vinci. After robotic FLS block transfer proficiency training there was no statistically significant difference between path length (p=0.39) and economy of motion scores (p=0.06) between the two groups, but those trained on the da Vinci did have faster task times (p=0.01). These results provide evidence for the value of using the Raven robot for training prior to using the da Vinci surgical system for similar tasks.

PMID:
24732494
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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