OR & Support Staff Training

Having a da Vinci® Surgery Coordinator on-site can provide tremendous benefit, facilitating surgical procedures by minimizing anxieties associated with the introduction of new technology. A da Vinci® Coordinator can be a System and clinical applications expert – with a high degree of knowledge and skill in da Vinci Surgery. The da Vinci Coordinator supports the acquisition of system knoweldge and application. The result: the surgical team can increasingly focus on surgical application and technique and less on the underlying technology.

The following is an outline of a process to develop the knowledge and skills of da Vinci staff members.

Please note that the clinical pathway process is not a replacement for hospital policy regarding surgical credentialing. This process is merely an example of how other OR staff members have learned to utilize the da Vinci Si System and become comfortable with application.


1. Select Surgical Team

2. On-line da Vinci® Surgical System Training

da Vinci® Si Surgical System

* System Technical Overview
* OR Setup and System Connections * Vision System
* Draping
* Docking
* Safety Features
* da Vinci® Si OR Staff Assessment

da Vinci® Si-e Online Modules & Assessment

* Si-e System Overview
* OR Setup and System Connections
* Draping
* Docking
* Safety Features
* Assessment

da Vinci® S Surgical System

* da Vinci® S System Overview
* OR Setup and System Connections * Draping
* Docking
* Vision System
* Safety Features
* OR Staff Assessment

da Vinci® Standard Surgical System

* Standard da Vinci® Overview and Assessment

3. System Overview Training at Hospital

* System Component Overview and OR Setup
* System Connections & Start-Up
* Vision Cart Overview
* Draping the Patient Cart
* Draping and Calibrating the Camera and Endoscope
* Docking the Patient Cart
* EndoWrist® Instrument Overview
* Emergency Procedures
* Powering Off and Storing the da Vinci® System


1. Procedure dry-run: Surgical team members rehearse procedure

2. Additional System skill training as needed.


For further details on our comprehensive training program, resources and tools, please see our Customer Services section, and speak with your Intuitive Surgical representative about surgeon and/or hospital needs. You can also visit the da Vinci Surgery Online Community for more information on training. The Online Community is a free service brought to you by Intuitive Surgical.

Besides providing training information, the Online Community allows you access to: the largest collection of robotic surgery abstracts, over 1,000 hours of procedure videos, a range of supporting procedural materials and peer-to-peer discussions, all provided via a secure social networking site. To sign up, go to

All surgeries carry risks of adverse outcomes. While clinical studies support the use of the da Vinci Surgical System as an effective tool for minimally invasive surgery for specific indications, individual results may vary. For complete technical information, including full cautions and warnings, please refer to the product documentation.

Only surgeons who have developed adequate robotic skills to perform the tasks associated with each procedure and who have received specific training in the use of the da Vinci Surgical System should use the system. Training provided by Intuitive Surgical is limited to the use of its products and does not replace the necessary medical training and experience required to perform surgery. Intuitive Surgical does not teach surgery. Intuitive’s role is to facilitate peer-to-peer clinical teaching. Procedure descriptions are provided by independent surgeons.

Intuitive Surgical-sponsored presentations, instruction and promotional materials are intended for general information only and are not intended to substitute for formal medical training or certification. da Vinci® Surgical System training programs are not replacements for hospital policy regarding surgical credentialing. Certification, OR access and hospital privileges are the responsibility of the trainees and their institutions, not that of Intuitive Surgical. Intuitive Surgical does not provide or evaluate surgical credentialing.

Any demonstration during Intuitive-sponsored training or instructional material on how to use the system to perform a particular technique or procedure is not the recommendation or “certification” of Intuitive Surgical as to such technique or procedure, but rather is merely a sharing of information on how other surgeons may have used the system to perform a given technique or procedure. Clinical information and opinions expressed by training participants, including any inaccuracies or mistakes, belong to the individual. Information and opinions are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Nothing in Intuitive Surgical training curricula makes expressed or implied promises or commitments to the persons attending. This includes any promise or commitment that the trainee will be provided any specific product or technology in future or that the trainee will be certified to perform a procedure related to the curriculum.

Surgeon proctors are independent contractors. The prices listed for proctoring are for services rendered by the independent surgeon proctors. A list of surgeon proctors can be provided upon request. Intuitive Surgical does not take responsibility for proctoring services provided by independent surgeon proctors. The hospital/surgeon purchases the proctoring service as part of training they have independently determined to be part of their credentialing requirement; Intuitive Surgical’s role is merely to coordinate between the hospital/surgeon and the proctor. The proctors and the hospital/surgeon are always free to negotiate with each other directly.

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