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It’s a huge advantage because you save much more time and X-ray dose. You can try everything you want. You are free to try several configurations of the wires, and you can find the one in the end, which is perfect...We would definitely save a lot of money by not throwing away several expensive catheters, coils, stents.
Before us residents got to do an angiography in a real patient, we have to practice with a simulator. Of course, simulations are the best when they're as close to reality as possible. It's a real setting. You have the table, you have the control panel, you have the c-arms, which you can move with the control panel. You have the real catheters, so you get to know the feeling, how it works to go up a vessel or take that turn or this turn.
"The simulation will become closer and closer to the reality. In five years, each department will have such a simulator, there will be cost reduction, I’m sure. I could imagine that you can save catheter or material you use, especially at the beginning of your time as an interventional neuroradiologist.”
Prof. Claus Zimmer
Director of the Department of Neuroradiology
Simulation gives you the opportunity to gain experience from other people's cases. It gives you the opportunity in a condensed format to experience different anatomical variance that might be gained in over 100 cases 6-10.
The amount of scenarios that can be encountered on the simulator cannot necessarily be mirrored in real life. Those using it can get to a level of expertise quicker and faster with the variety of scenarios that can be encountered in simulation.
"There are some centers that might only be referred 3 or 4 cases a year, would you really want to be treated by somebody who is only doing that? But if they could on the simulator, once a week once a month, could do 10 or 20 other cases in the year then when they get their next case, I think they’re going to do it with much more confidence."
Dr. Nigel Hacking
They'll be able to come in, they'll be able to get that repetition. They'll be able to do cases over and over. They're not going to have the pressure of other staff watching them, physicians watching them. They'll be able to learn in a more relaxed environment.
This gives us the opportunity to actually have a real case in the room and we can come out, we can simulate the case in a safe environment and then walk less than 15 feet away and actually provide the best opportunity, so that patient will have a good outcome.
"When we get to a patient, when they really need that sort of expediency, efficiency of device deployment, and choosing the right patient for it, we already went through that already. The deployment is easy now."
Dr. Rajesh Shah
"If a center has a small local stroke unit and they want to offer the service of neuro-thrombectomy they might see only 20-30 cases and it's virtually impossible to keep more than one doctor skilled at this procedure with this low number of cases. If you want to offer this at a 24/7 level then you need to make up for the missing numbers of procedures, find alternatives to keep high enough skills amongst 2, 3, or 4 physicians."
Prof. Dr. Thomas Liebig
This transradial approach can improve patient outcomes, especially in high-risk patients. More than 70 percent of our cardiac catheterization procedures involve access through the radial artery - almost twice the national average - and we have seen clear benefits in terms of lower bleeding, fewer vascular complications, and improved patient satisfaction.
Procedure rehearsal and simulation leads to a level of comfort intraprocedurally, especially for trainees lacking high volume of experience. Our Mentice simulator allows our trainees to spend both supervised time learning procedural nuances/details and unsupervised time to perfect procedural techniques. During the supervised sessions, trainees are able to ask more questions, which improves their knowledge and understanding leading to improved patient care during live procedures. Additionally, it is a vehicle for team-based simulation sessions that can improve team dynamics for patient care and safety.
We have been using the Mentice solution in the specific setting of performing the Cardioband procedure in tricuspid and mitral interventions, so what we have done is to import patient-specific data into the simulator and then the day before the intervention we have practiced on that dataset in the simulator. In this way, we have been able to identify specific parts of the intervention which are more difficult, and we can then go back and look at how to speed up those parts of the procedure. One thing that I think has been particularly useful is for the echo operators to be able to identify where they might run into problems with getting the correct image quality.