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Virtual medical lab set to transform health care
August 12, 2016, 4:39 pm

A new state of the art medical laboratory, which recently opened in Cape Town, South Africa, is aiming to provide medical trainees with a virtual hands-on training and experience.

The multi- million dollar SUNSkill clinical simulation lab, a partnership between Stellenbosch University and global tech firm Medtronic, aims to slash the usually time-consuming live theatre training, by immersing healthcare professionals into the virtual world.

“We cover neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, general surgery and laparoscopy. We have simulators for nurses and paramedical facilities; in fact, ICU staff in general can be fully trained on these simulators which are of the most modern in the world, “said Ivan Vlok, Head of Neurosurgery at Stellenbosch University.

The lab has eight fully simulated theatre operating stations, a dry lab and virtual ICU. At least 1,200 physicians will be trained during its first year of operation.

While this new venture is expected to attract specialists from the globe, there are plans to roll it out in other African countries, including in Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia.

It is expected that such novel technology will help healthcare professionals fine-tune their skills, improve patient outcomes and the standard of medical care in Africa.

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