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SMALL BUSINESS BLOG -- SCOTT SUTTELL
Playing Nintendo's Wii found to enhance surgeons' skills
Blog entry: February 28, 2013, 10:50 am | Author: SCOTT SUTTELL
Cleveland's Simbionix USA Corp. played a role in an experiment that showed Nintendo's Wii gaming console improved the performance of surgeons learning operations involving tiny cameras and instruments.
“In a trial among 42 post-graduate surgeons in Italy, those who were asked to play Wii games such as Tennis and a 3D battle game an hour a day, five days a week for four weeks did better at 13 out of 16 measures on a surgical simulator than those who didn't play the games,” the news service reports, summarizing the work of researchers from Sapienza University of Rome.
Trainee surgeons “commonly hone their keyhole surgery skills on computer simulators such as those made by” Simbionix, Bloomberg notes. However, “the expense of the machines, combined with the difficulty of a technique that involves maneuvering tiny operating tools through very small incisions, as well as increased risks of lawsuits, have raised the need for training outside the operating theater.”