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Advanced virtual simulator for fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery training and credentialing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R44EB019802-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R44EB019802
Amount: $1,472,925.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIBIB
Solicitation Number: PAR14-088
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-30
Small Business Information
Clifton Park, NY 12065-8688
United States
DUNS: 010926207
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (919) 969-6990
Business Contact
Phone: (518) 371-3971
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Surgical simulators are powerful tools that assist in providing advanced training for complex procedures and objective skills assessment They accelerate the training of residents without a penalty in morbidity and mortality while improving skills where patient outcome clearly correlates with surgical experience Fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery FLS is a comprehensive program that was developed by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons SAGES to teach and evaluate the cognitive and psychomotor aspects unique to laparoscopic surgery The program uses a mechanical training toolbox for skill assessment The major drawback of the mechanical toolbox is that the process of assessment is tedious time consuming and costly requiring significant manual labor In addition the test materials must be replaced constantly after they are cut or sutured To overcome these drawbacks a virtual basic laparoscopic skill trainer VBLaST has been developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute RPI over the past four years Preliminary validation results show that the VBLaST system is significantly realistic in portraying the FLS tasks The VBLaST prototype was designed to facilitate the development of the software platform and to serve as a validation platform for the virtual FLS concept However it does not include the two new tasks camera navigation and cannulation that have been proposed for inclusion in the most recent FLS has limited capability of computing performance scores based on the FLS metrics and has experimental hardware for interfacing with the software system with inadequate haptic force fidelity The overall goal of this project is to work with th FLS committee and address these three major limitations of the VBLaST system to develop a robust reliable and effective virtual FLS system and conduct clinical validation studies in preparation for commercialization Two small businesses Kitware and SimQuest with a strong track record of cutting edge software service and simulation technology will team with RPI and the FLS committee to develop and market this novel product PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Minimally invasive surgery MIS such as laparoscopic surgery has revolutionized general surgery Training surgical residents in these procedures without a penalty in morbidity and mortality is critical For this surgical simulators provide powerful tools This project aims to accelerate laparoscopic surgical education and evaluation by developing a robust virtual simulator that will be widely available This will translate to fewe operating room errors reduced patient morbidity and improved patient outcomes

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