Training of Soft Skills for Surgical Teams using an immersive Serious Game
Projekt reference number: 2018-ES01-KA202-050943
Non-technical skills or soft skills are interpersonal (e.g. communication, teamwork), cognitive (e.g. decision-making, situational awareness) and personal resource (e.g. coping with stress and fatigue) skills that complement technical skills, and contribute to safe and efficient task performance. The influence of soft skills in the surgical environment has been under analysis for not a long time. They are of increasing importance in surgery and surgical training as a traditional focus on technical skills acquisition and competence is no longer enough for the delivery of a modern, safe, surgical practice. Vocation and Educational Training (VET) of surgical team members in soft skills is still a must for continuing education of these professionals.
On the other hand, Virtual Reality (VR) and Serious Games (SG) are emerging markets with endless possibilities in several fields. They have also great possibilities in surgical training, yet not exploited, as they provide immersive environments, where surgical team members can acquire skills neither compromising patient security, nor requesting the use of an actual operating room, avoiding the cost that its use supposes.
Therefore, S4Game aims to provide health professionals with an innovative approach to acquire and develop soft skills to foster their professional development. In this regard, a handbook and an immersive SG based on VR technologies will be produced. Their main learning objective is the acquisition of soft skills required during work in an operating room, such as communication, teamwork or leadership. The different roles involved in the operating room (surgeon, nurse and anaesthetist) will be present in the SG in the form of 3D avatars, allowing for the recreation of the typical interaction during the surgical procedure.
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