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J Emerg Med. 2001 May;20(4):421-5.

Fast education: a comparison of teaching models for trauma sonography.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.


This study's objective was to evaluate the peritoneal dialysis and mannequin simulator models for the hands-on portion of a 4-h focused abdominal sonography for trauma (FAST) course. After an introductory lecture about trauma sonography and practice on normal models, trainees were assigned randomly to two groups. They practiced FAST on one of the two simulator models. After the didactic and hands-on portions of the seminar, FAST interpretation testing revealed mean scores of 82% and 78% for the peritoneal dialysis and mannequin simulator groups, respectively (p = 0.95). Post-course surveys demonstrated mean satisfaction scores for peritoneal dialysis and mannequin simulator models of 3.85 and 3.25, respectively, on a 4-point Likert scale (p = 0.317). A FAST educational seminar, which provides both didactic and hands-on instruction, can be completed in 4 h; the hands-on instruction phase can incorporate both normal models and abnormal simulation models, such as the peritoneal dialysis model and the multimedia mannequin simulator.

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