When performing surgery, manual dexterity is vital.
As an educator, do you have the confidence that your residents have all acquired the manual skills needed to perform surgery?
How do you ensure the quality of their abilities?
As with all skills in life, practice makes perfect.
Would you confidently step into a car with someone who’s had just one driving lesson?
To become adept at something, you need to practice. A lot.
Laparoscopic skills can be practised on a conventional box trainer, but this has its problems: A conventional box does not provide feedback, so, as an educator, you have to invest time and effort to support the training. When a student is training alone, there is no record of the tasks they have performed, and there’s no way for them to determine when they are ready for the next task.
With the Lapron box trainer we’ve put all our thinking inside the box.
The sensor system, integrated in our box trainer, automatically tracks the performance of the student. This allows students to train without supervision, while still receiving feedback.
Any brand of instruments can be mounted on the Lapron boxtrainer, using the same instruments and suture materials your students will be using on the OR increases the transfer of skills to medical practice.
Our philosophy is that faster is not always better. If you can complete a suture in 20 seconds that’s impressive, but if this results in rough tissue handling, it will be a safety hazard.
To address this issue the Lapron box trainer is equipped with ForceSense technology.
Not only does ForceSense measure the time taken to complete an exercise, it also measures the forces applied to the tissue and the motion of your instruments. All three factors are taken into account when evaluating an exercise.
The goal is not only to improve speed, but also dexterity and finesse. The Lapron box trainer is the only system on the market that includes a force measurement in laparoscopic training to make sure the student is working in an atraumatic way.
Prof. J. Bonjer – Chair and Professor of Surgery – Amsterdam UMC
So, now your residents are training on the Lapron box trainer, in their own time.
How do you keep track of the progress each individual is making?
The ForceSense platform includes a cloud service that provides instructors with a full overview of the progress made in their courses.
Training results are stored with the actual endoscope video, so whenever a student is looking for advice, you can review the video together and discuss techniques to improve their performance.
Once all tasks have been completed you can generate a course certificate. Your student now has proof of their technical skills, and you can both be confident stepping into the OR.
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The Lapron boxtrainer has been developed by MediShield and the Amsterdam Skills Centre. With 17 publications, and counting, ForceSense has a sound scientific basis. ForceSense is now an integral part of the curriculum at the Amsterdam University Medical Center, and a ForceSense exam is required for certification by the German association for endoscopic gynaecology.
By training on the Lapron boxtrainer, hundreds of trainees have already improved their technical skills. To quote some user feedback, from three different perspectives: trainers, trainees and researchers: