Surgical simulation training
Computer-controlled mannequins, 3D-printed plastic models and, in some cases, actors will take the place of real patients. Operations can be simulated in virtual reality, and real-life body parts (from deceased donors, for example) can also be used. The center estimates that in a year it will be able to run up to 600 training days with between six and 60 participants, allowing up to 7,000 trainees to take part.
BeST will work closely with CAT, the hospital’s surgery and anatomy training center, where operations on human tissue are carried out. Another important part of the overall concept is the ‘Industry and Clinic Meeting Point,’ a forum where new medical technologies and products can be discussed, and where developers and clinics can find suitable cooperation partners. BeST will enable new products to be developed, tested and brought to market under real-life conditions.
Many medical-technology companies have already expressed interest in partnering with the project. For foreign companies working in the medtech sector, the Charité initiative represents an outstanding opportunity to introduce innovative solutions through research and development partnerships in Germany.