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Assessment of technical parameters and skills training to inform a simulation-based training program for semi-automated robotic colonoscopy

Kopczynska, Maja, Smits, Stephanie, Hopps, Rebecca, Ramaraj, Rajeswari, Warren, Neil, Goddard, Stuart, Ye, Xujiong and Dolwani, Sunil 2019. Assessment of technical parameters and skills training to inform a simulation-based training program for semi-automated robotic colonoscopy. Endoscopy International Open 07 (01) , E9-E14. 10.1055/a-0774-4554

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Abstract

Background and study aims Video-colonoscopy, despite being the gold-standard for diagnosis of colorectal lesions, has limitations including patient discomfort and risk of complications. This study assessed training characteristics and acceptability in operators of a new robotic colonoscope (RC). Materials and methods Participants (n = 9) with varying degrees of skill and background knowledge in colonoscopy performed colonoscopies with a RC on a simulation-based training model. Quantitative procedure-related and qualitative operator-related parameters were recorded. Results Polyp detection rate was highest in the novice group (91.67 %) followed by experts (86.11 %), then equally, trainees and video gamers (79.17 %). Four participants repeated the procedure at a follow-up session. Each participant improved cecal intubation time and had the same or higher polyp detection rate. The potential role for RC was identified for an out-of-hospital environment and as a novel diagnostic tool. Conclusions Results from this pilot suggest that operators at all skill levels found the RC acceptable and potentially useful as a diagnostic tool. Acquisition of skills with RC seems to improve rapidly to a clinically relevant level with simulation-based training

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Thieme Open / Georg Thieme Verlag
ISSN: 2364-3722
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 25 April 2018
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 23:56
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118584

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