Rapid Prototyping Techniques for the Development of a Take-Home Surgical Anastomosis Simulation Model.
- Objective: The objective of this paper is to describe the techniques and process of developing and testing a take-home surgical anastomosis simulation model.
Design: Through an iterative process, a simulation model was customized and designed to target specific skill development and performance objectives that focused on anastomotic techniques in thoracic surgery and consist of 3D printed and silicone molded components. Various manufacturing techniques such as silicone dip spin coating and injection molding have been described in this paper and explored as part of the research and development process. The final prototype is a low-cost, take-home model with reusable and replaceable components.
Setting: The study took place at a single-center quaternary care university-affiliated hospital.
Participants: The participants included in the model testing were 10 senior thoracic surgery trainees who completed an in-person training session held during an annual hands- on thoracic surgery simulation course. Feedback was then collected in the form of an evaluation of the model from participants.
Results: All 10 participants had an opportunity to test the model and complete at least 1 pulmonary artery and bronchial anastomosis. The overall experience was rated highly, with minor feedback provided regarding the set- up and fidelity of the materials used for the anastomoses. Overall, the trainees agreed that the model was suitable for teaching advanced anastomotic techniques and expressed an interest in being able to use this model to practice skill development.
Conclusions: Developed simulation model can be easily reduced, with customized components that accurately simulate real-life vascular and bronchial components suitable for training of anastomoses technique amongst senior thoracic surgery trainees.
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- Academic Journal
- Journal of surgical education
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