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Validation of an Endobronchial Ultrasound Simulator: Differentiating Operator Skill Level.
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PMID:  21311171     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a revolutionary diagnostic procedure. There is currently no accepted method of assessing EBUS technical skill or competency. Objectives: This study aimed to validate a computer EBUS simulator in differentiating between operators of varying clinical EBUS experience. Methods: A convenience sample (n = 22) of bronchoscopists was separated into four cohorts based on previous bronchoscopy experience: group A = novice bronchoscopists, no EBUS experience (n = 4), group B = expert bronchoscopists, no EBUS experience (n = 5), group C = basic clinical EBUS training (n = 9), group D = EBUS experts (n = 4). After a standardized introduction session on the EBUS simulator, participants performed 2 simulated cases on an EBUS simulator with performance metrics measured by the simulator. Results: Significant differences between groups were noted for total procedure time, percentage of lymph nodes identified and percentage of successful biopsies (p < 0.05, ANOVA). Group D performed significantly better than all other groups for total procedure time and percentage of lymph nodes identified (p < 0.05). Group C performed significantly better than groups A and B for total procedure time, percentage of lymph nodes identified and percentage of successful biopsies (p < 0.05, ANOVA). Conclusions: An EBUS simulator can accurately discriminate between operators with different levels of clinical EBUS experience. EBUS simulators show promise as a tool for assessing training and evaluating competency.
David R Stather; Paul Maceachern; Karen Rimmer; Christopher A Hergott; Alain Tremblay
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1423-0356     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-2-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0137356     Medline TA:  Respiration     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta., Canada.
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