Awais A Malik1, Ruqayya Khan2, Sumaria Saddique2, Samiullah Bhatti2, Huma S Khan2, Kashif Malik2, Saira Tayyab2, Amin Mazhar2, Mahmood Ayyaz2. 1Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center, 2Services Institute of Medical Sciences
Objective: To share the various designs of laparoscopic simulators designed by surgical residents at a local conference in a lower middle income country.
Methodology: A competition was held at a surgical conference to allow for residents to come up with ideas to design their own simulators. Various factors were looked into assessing the various designs. These included uniqueness, looks, effectiveness, cost and reproducibility.
Results: 4 types of simulators were designed. The first one was a mannequin with a camera fitted inside and 4 ergonomically placed holes to function as ports. This was the most liked and effective simulator. Cost was 100$ and it needed a TV or a monitor to function. Second was a foldable book type of simulator which used the camera and screen of a tablet or a phone to function. It was the simplest and cheapest design but needed a camera phone or tablet to work. Cost 30$. Third was a simple plastic box with a webcam design. Its cost was 40$ and needed a laptop or a computer to function. The fourth one was designed like a periscope and used angled mirrors for reflectors. No electrical equipment was used in this. It was the cheapest simulator in terms of running cost as no cameras or phones were required. Cost 80$.
Conclusion: Various options exist for surgical residents in developing countries to design and use their own simulators. A few have been discussed and all of these can be easily reproduced.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 79674
Program Number: P278
Presentation Session: Poster (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster