Midwifery & Obstetrics & Gynaecology Simulation

Laparoscopic Surgical Training at the Whittington Hospital

We plan to use simulation to improve hand-eye coordination for endoscopic surgery. Various simulated exercises can improve surgical skills and dexterity and reduce operative time. These simulation exercises will also reduce surgical errors and improve clinical safety. This is a valuable opportunity for beginners as well as advanced endoscopy practitioners.

We plan to run simulation courses for trainees where the improvement in surgical skills will be measured over a period of four to six months. In this day and age, we should not be 'practicing' on patients and should instead be using the excellent simulation facilities that we have.

The modules will include simple co-ordination exercises, simple procedures such as salpingectomy and ovarian cystectomy, advanced techniques such as laparoscopic intra and extracorporeal suturing.

All trainees will be given a portable laparoscopic trainer and will be encouraged to practice these skills daily. They will be tested at the end of the training period.

We are certain that this lab-based simulation training will complement the hands-on surgical training that all junior doctors now receive.
Page last updated: 15 Dec 2009
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