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Advanced Surgical Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)

The 6,900-square-foot facility, which opened in June 2014, combines a classroom and a large centralized skills training area with a high-fidelity operating room environment, including pre-operative and post-anesthesia care unit bays, two functional endoscopic ORs and state-of-the-art observation and recording capabilities.

Other essential equipment includes instrumentation for standard open and laparoscopic surgeries, laparoscopic/endoscopic physical and virtual reality trainers, high-fidelity, interactive mannequins and robotic simulators.

The Center's primary goal is to optimize the care of patients and minimize adverse outcomes through simulation-based education and training. Continued improvements in efficiency and quality are also expected as surgical teams hone their skills to become even more effective work teams.

The skills acquisition and team building garnered through a surgical simulation center such as ASTEC are proven to help enhance patient safety and are encouraged by patient outcomes and safety organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ASTEC is available to clinicians from all Inova hospitals as well as to surgeons and surgical teams and students from throughout the region. Targeted users include:

  • Surgical residents and medical students
  • Licensed professionals needing advanced training or education for maintenance of certification (surgeons, anesthesiology staff, perioperative nurses, perfusionists)
  • Multidisciplinary surgical teams

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