Design and development of a novel thoracoscopic tracheoesophageal fistula repair simulator

Davis, L. M.; Barsness, K. A.; Rooney, D. M.

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013 Feb 13; 184:114-6


Thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) is a technically challenging surgical procedure. This congenital anomaly is rare; therefore, training opportunities for surgical trainees are limited. There are currently no validated simulation tools available to help train pediatric surgery trainees. The simulator that was developed is a low-cost, reusable model. It simulates the right side of a term neonate chest and contains a tissue block that has been surgically modified to replicate the anatomy of EA/TEF.

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