Mentice AB

Procedicus® VA, for training and education in shoulder and knee arthroscopy, will be used for surgery education at Huddinge University Hospital.

Press Release   •   Mar 14, 2000 12:57 GMT

Mentice AB today announced that Huddinge University Hospital has chosen the Procedicus® VA system for arthroscopy training education at a clinical training center. This center will focus on simulation based clinical training, which will increase the safety and availability of clinical teaching methods. “Huddinge University Hospital and Mentice AB will collaborate in adopting and assessing simulation-based training in current and future surgical education, according to Kjell Thor M.D., Ph. D., FACS, Market Director, Huddinge University Hospital. “This is an important step in the implementation of Virtual Reality-based simulator technology. Due to reasons like patient safety, cost efficiency and objective skill assessment there is a need for new methods in surgical education, and simulation is definitely the way to go” says Jonas Ohlsson, Sales Manager, Mentice AB.

Procedicus® VA

Procedicus® VA (Virtual Arthroscopy) provides a safe and convenient way to educate and train in arthroscopic procedures. The first released module focuses on minimally invasive shoulder surgery (arthroscopy). With Procedicus® VA, surgeons, residents, students and physicians alike can practice arthroscopy and hone their skills in a fully realistic environment. Working with Procedicus® VA is virtually identical to working with actual equipment and patients, the primary difference being that the image the surgeon views is computer generated instead of transmitted from a fiber optic camera inside the shoulder. The arthroscopy trainer is geared towards surgical residents who wish to specialize in orthopaedics, practicing orthopaedic surgeons who wish to adopt arthroscopic approaches to shoulder surgery, and device developers who wish to educate their customers in arthroscopic approaches to shoulder surgery.

Mentice Medical Simulation

Mentice Medical Simulation develops markets and sells advanced medical simulations for a wide range of applications. Our goal is to be the leading supplier of virtual reality applications within the field of medicine, with special attention to the area of minimally invasive surgery. The Mentice system is a turnkey solution, including hardware, software, and expert assistance and support for training, education, and assessment. Mentice works closely with leading medical and healthcare professionals in order to develop long-term solutions that are of immediate use to the medical professional.

With the development and introduction of Procedicus® VA (Virtual Arthroscopy) for shoulder surgery, Mentice was established as leading developer of simulators for minimally invasive surgery. We will establish a long-term presence in the medical field, developing our product concepts in pace with technological advances and in response to the ever-changing demands of the clients we serve.

Mentice Medical Simulation AB has corporate head office located in Gothenburg, Sweden, subsidiary in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), and sales office in San Diego, California (USA).

Huddinge University Hospital

Huddinge University Hospitals vision is to be one of the world’s leading hospitals and utilize their expertise to help create a healthier society and better quality of life for each individual. The hospital offers patients, employees, students and researchers a knowledge-rich environment where a truly dedicated staff can apply the latest discoveries. Healthcare is changing rapidly. New technology offers new treatment methods and new opportunities for better outcomes. An increasingly elderly population places new and greater demands on health services. Economic constraints mean that we have to get the most from our resources. Research and education are taking place in an environment that is becoming more and more global. Huddinge University Hospital is on the leading edge of modern healthcare.

For further information, please contact:

Jonas Ohlsson,

Sales Manager, Mentice AB

Tel: +46-31-743 80 90, Fax: +46-31-743 80 99

E-mail: jonas.ohlsson@mentice.com

Kjell Thor, M.D., Ph.D., FACS,

Market Director, Huddinge University Hospital

Tel: +46-8-585 823 09, Fax: +46-8-585 868 09

E-mail: kjell.thor@mkdiv.hs.sll.se

Internet: www.hs.sll.se

Mentice is a world leader in medical simulation, providing qualified solutions for training, education and assessment opportunities. With a focus on minimally invasive techniques and procedures, Mentice develops simulation systems for training in a safe environment within the fields of endovascular intervention and minimally invasive surgery. The advantages of training with Mentice solutions are well documented enhancing clinical performance, reducing cost, and, in the long term, improving patient safety.