A SERIOUS GAME FOR TRAINING PERFUSIONISTS FOR OPEN HEART SURGERY
On 18 February, three researchers from the Computer Graphics Area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), Ariel von Barnekow, Núria Bonet-Codina and Dani Tost, presented a serious game entitled The Virtual Perfusionist at a practical session with 37 students from the Master’s Degree in Perfusion at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. The Virtual Perfusionist has been developed in collaboration with doctors Carmen Gomar and Maite Maita from Hospital Clínic. It can be used to train students in the control of the heart-lung machine that is used in open heart surgery. The game is situated in a virtual, 3D operating theatre in which users must operate the machine according to the instructions given by a virtual surgeon in response to unforeseen incidents. The aim is to complete the surgery with the patient within a range of normality. The Virtual Perfusionist is a new way of learning, and provides an automatic method of assessment, as the player’s performance is systematically recorded.