From campfires to ORs: The modern-day Cub Scout experience for some includes an intro to robotic surgery

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 16, 2019) – Since the first packs were registered as a division of the Boy Scouts of America in 1930, historic images of the Pinewood Derby, day camps and various other outdoor activities have helped shape a common perception of what the Cub Scout experience is all about. Now fast forward most of a century to scenes of Scouts huddled wide-eyed around a system that allows highly trained surgeons to operate on patients with the aid of a 3D camera and robotic arms and it’s easy to see how much the world has changed in the last 90 years.

Looking to qualify for their robotics belt loop, members of local Cub Scout Pack 3034 are turning to Dupont Hospital to see firsthand how this kind of technology is used on the job. Thanks to Dupont’s robotic surgery team, approximately 10 Scouts, along with their siblings and parents, will get that chance Tuesday (May 21) when they witness a demonstration of how these systems help surgeons provide high-tech healthcare.

The hands-on experience in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Dupont team members expect this to be an educational and enjoyable opportunity.

The robotic surgery teams at Dupont, Lutheran and St. Joseph hospitals have the most experience in the region with these systems – powered by advanced robotic technology – which provide surgeons high-definition vision, intuitive motion and maximum precision. Each system allows surgeons' hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site. Lutheran Health Network hospitals have performed more than 10,000 robotic surgeries since 2005.

Dupont Hospital, which opened in 2001, has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® five times by IBM Watson Health™ – 2012, 2015-2017 and 2019.        


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