The Johnson & Johnson Institute recently announced the expansion of their virtual reality surgical training program. The initial VR training modules offered by the healthcare educators was a major hit with surgeons. In a survey conducted last year, 80 percent of orthopedic surgeons indicated they wanted to use VR training for ongoing training efforts, a telling indicator of how the technology has grown and improved in recently years.

Now, J&J Institute has launched a new global version of their virtual reality training in orthopedics. The hope is that the revolutionary technology will reach more surgeons, even in geographic areas that have had little previous opportunity to incorporate the latest digital advances into their learning.

To learn more, Surgical Products interviewed Sandra Humbles, vice president of global education solutions at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.

What are the key advantages the Johnson & Johnson Institute sees in VR training?

The J&J Institute VR training program is designed to help enhance surgical techniques and drive greater patient outcomes. VR enables surgeons and nurses to train in a safe environment, providing them with flexibility, repeatability, and direct feedback to enhance surgical techniques, reduce travel costs and save time.

With VR, surgeons, nurses and residents can practice at their own pace and as often as they want until they master a procedure. This is especially critical for residents, given the few training hours they typically have because of their heavy workloads and work hour restrictions.

What training modules are currently available through the Johnson & Johnson Institute program?

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. With a variety of modules that meet clear educational needs, the program allows surgeons and nurses to refine their techniques, which can help enhance patient outcomes.

By Daniel Seeger | Surgical Products

Image Credit: Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies

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