Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
15 month old child with PDA prior to ligation in Honduras
Goal statement: Our goal is to provide a cost efficient simulation-training module, which enables you (the surgical trainee) an opportunity to learn, assess your progress, and gain surgical psychomotor skills without the presence of an instructor.
Existing trainings for this procedure are purely clinical, by looking, assisting experts and finally training on patients with expert assistance. Such clinical training has low extra cost in terms of equipment, but takes expert supervision hours at a large cost (1000 USD a day minimum). It may also have an unmeasurable cost in terms of patient health issues from suboptimal surgery. Our simulator is very low budget but has a highly advanced training capability, and can bring the trainee to a level of expertise that hopefully is sufficient for doing real surgery with a clearly lowered risk of complications.
Target trainees[edit | edit source]
General surgeons, pediatric surgeons, adult cardiac surgeons and pediatric cardiac surgeons in low and middle-income countries.
Key learning[edit | edit source]
The key learning for this module is surgical repair for patent ductus arterious (PDA) ligation.
Trainees will first gain a theoretical knowledge of the PDA defect and its repair, and test their mastery of the material. When ready, they will then assemble the simulator; practice the specified surgical techniques; and gradually refine their skills based on simulator feedback and self-assessment.
Syllabus[edit | edit source]
Welcome to the SELF-Training Portal. Contained here is the necessary information and instruction for you to complete your training in PDA ligation. Our program is divided into four sections. We ask that you complete each section before progressing onto the next. Phase one will give you theoretical knowledge you need to understand the disease. Upon completion of this section there is a quiz for you to utilize to gauge your knowledge and identify any areas for review. Phase two provides instruction on construction and assembly of the model. Phase three allows you to practice the procedure and phase four allows for ongoing practice and self-assessment. If you have any questions please contact our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Phase One: Theoretical Knowledge
- Phase Two: Simulator Setup
- Phase Three: Skills Practice
- Phase Four: Self-Assessment