Why the University of Washington wants its surgeons to play videogames
from All Things D
In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study found that as many as 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical error in the U.S., incurring some $17 billion to $29 billion in hospital expenses. In 2009, the Safe Patient Project concluded that the situation may have gotten even worse in the decade that followed. That’s a tragedy, which Dr. Andy Wright — a surgeon and one of the core faculty members at the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS), a healthcare education program based at the University of Washington — thinks can be helped by playing videogames.
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