A Chicago-based startup has created a simulation technology that promises to act as a safe and realistic model for the training of surgical residents and surgeons.
The startup, founded by a mother-daughter duo, claims that they’ve created an accessible and realistic surgical model for medical students and residents. The goal is to reduce the incidence of medical errors by allowing students to practice on a simulation model that more accurately mimics the actual surgical room conditions in which residents and surgeons will later work. The company plans to have its first product, a liver surgical model that can be used for simulation of liver transplants, available on the market in the next three months.
According to the founders of PraxiCut, there are several obstacles that medical and surgical residents face when asked to practice surgery in patients. Most surgical simulations occur on cadavers, and there are several limitations involved in operating on those who have already died. For instance, there is no bleeding involved, and surgical residents may not fully appreciate the kind of complications and dangers that arise when there is sudden or unexpected bleeding in the middle of surgery. Also, due to ethical concerns, operating on animals is slowly being phased out in many hospitals.