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Conn Med. 2001 May;65(5):265-8.

Definitive surgical trauma care live porcine session: a technique for training in trauma surgery.

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University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, USA.



A new Definitive Surgical Trauma Care course was developed to educate surgeons in operative management of injuries. The course consists of an interactive CD-ROM and a live porcine animal laboratory.


A five-hour session was conducted. Penetrating injuries to stomach, bowel, diaphragm, spleen, pancreas, kidney, ureter, inferior vena cava, liver, and heart were created by the senior surgeon and managed by the junior surgeon. Participants rated their expertise in 26 maneuvers pre- and post-lab. The evaluation scale used was: no prior experience; able to perform skill with assistance; proficient at procedure; able to teach procedure to another surgeon.


In 26 procedures, a maximum score of 78 was possible. There was an increase from pre- to post-session scores of 22.6 for PGY-4 residents (n = 3); 23.3 for PGY-5 residents (n = 4); 11.25 for fellows (n = 4); and 0 for attendings (n = 4).


The operative animal session had the greatest educational benefit among surgeons without formal training in trauma surgery. By exposing them to a range of trauma-induced surgical conditions, the DSTC course develops their operative repertoire and should increase their effectiveness in managing trauma patients.

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