Background: During COVID-19 pandemic, many restrictions were applied in the field of health care. For this reason, we decided to adopt the laparoscopic simulator Laparo® Analytic to allow the trainees of our pediatric surgery training program to continue their training activity, and we determined its impact on their surgical education. Methods: We used Laparo Analytic Simulator for laparoscopic surgery training among the residents of our center. Fifteen residents from different years of the pediatric surgery program participated in this study. Each participant performed a 2-hour training session per week, consisting of three different exercises: Rubber Bands, Knotting, and Suturing. For each training session, the following parameters were analyzed: training time, economy of movement, smoothness, instrument activity (IA), instrument visibility (IV), and instrument symmetry. Results: Results were collected after the first training session (T0), at 3 months after the beginning of the study (T1) and at 6 months after the beginning of the study (T2). At T2 of training with Laparo Analytic Simulator, residents were able to complete their tasks significantly faster (P = .001) and had a significant improvement in smoothness of movements, IA, IV, and instrument symmetric movements during the tasks analyzed. Conclusion: On the basis of our results, we believe that Laparo analytic is an excellent system to adopt in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) training programs, in particular, during periods of surgical restrictions, as COVID-19 pandemic, or in centers with a limited MIS activity.

Effectiveness of a Laparoscopic Training Model for Pediatric Surgeons During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Single-Center Experience

Autorino, Giuseppe;Borgogni, Rachele;Carulli, Roberto;Cerulo, Mariapina;Califano, Gianluigi;Cardone, Roberto;Escolino, Maria;
2022

Abstract

Background: During COVID-19 pandemic, many restrictions were applied in the field of health care. For this reason, we decided to adopt the laparoscopic simulator Laparo® Analytic to allow the trainees of our pediatric surgery training program to continue their training activity, and we determined its impact on their surgical education. Methods: We used Laparo Analytic Simulator for laparoscopic surgery training among the residents of our center. Fifteen residents from different years of the pediatric surgery program participated in this study. Each participant performed a 2-hour training session per week, consisting of three different exercises: Rubber Bands, Knotting, and Suturing. For each training session, the following parameters were analyzed: training time, economy of movement, smoothness, instrument activity (IA), instrument visibility (IV), and instrument symmetry. Results: Results were collected after the first training session (T0), at 3 months after the beginning of the study (T1) and at 6 months after the beginning of the study (T2). At T2 of training with Laparo Analytic Simulator, residents were able to complete their tasks significantly faster (P = .001) and had a significant improvement in smoothness of movements, IA, IV, and instrument symmetric movements during the tasks analyzed. Conclusion: On the basis of our results, we believe that Laparo analytic is an excellent system to adopt in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) training programs, in particular, during periods of surgical restrictions, as COVID-19 pandemic, or in centers with a limited MIS activity.
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