The group chose to include all three specialties in the new name to make sure all members would be aware of the different specialties that are part of the SA, explained Beth Waterman-Hukari, RN, BSN, CNOR, perioperative educator/clinical practice support for Legacy Health System in Portland, Ore. and chair of the MIS/Lasers/Robotics SA.
"Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for members who have questions about minimally invasive surgery, lasers and robotics," she
attributed the growing use of robotic surgery to a number of factors, including patient and physician demand due to positive outcomes reached through this form of minimally invasive surgery.
But, "with demand, comes the need for education, management and the creation of standards," she
The true value of the SA format lies in our ability to connect with each other, whether we are talking about robotics, lasers or minimally invasive surgery in general, Waterman-Hukari
"We are trying to get people to pose questions and bring their experiences and information to the SA."
This year, Waterman-Hukari
SA colleagues hope to work toward developing a standardized platform to educate robotics practitioners.