The ForceSense, a force-based surgical assessment, enables both tissue handling force and instrument motion tracking in laparoscopic training. Real-time force feedback is provided, and the performance score of the trainee is presented by the software interface.
The online interface allows skillslab managers and course directors to oversee courses and tasks from any remote location. After training, the results are presented clearly to the course directors as learning curves, video recordings and raw scoring parameters. Trainees may also access their result by creating an account.
It provides the tutor with a valuable insight into the resident’s learning curve. The software tracks tissue handling skill in each task repetition, and when the resident can perform the task within the thresholds set for Force, movement and time, the option to complete the task in exam mode becomes available. When the exam is passed a report is generated that shows the learning curve and final task grades.
It includes a sensor system compatible with the T5 MIT, two Trendo instrument tracking sensors, ForceTRAP tissue interaction force sensor, which also has force tracking and interchangeable tasks, a Windows tablet with pre-installed ForceSense software, a one-year software license with access to online database, and feedback display that warns the trainee when the threshold is exceeded.
The ForceSense is compatible with a 3-Dmed T5 boxtrainer, allowing the trainee to work on a boxtrainer with real instruments on a real, tangible task while having a complete registration of all motion and forces allowing objective performance assessment. It does not require tools to install.