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Am J Surg. 2012 Feb;203(2):266-75. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.03.003. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

Operating room introduction for the novice.

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Division of Surgery, Imperial College London, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK. v.patel20@imperial.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study assessed the implementation of a theater induction curriculum through a didactic lecture, an online Second Life operating room, and a simulated operating suite.

METHODS:

Sixty operating room novices were randomized into 4 groups: control (n = 15), didactic lecture (n = 15), Second Life (n = 15), and simulated operating suite (n = 15). The study followed a pretest and posttest design with a training intervention between operating room attendances. Outcome measures were knowledge, skills, and attitudes, measured using observed behavior and a self-report scale, with knowledge further assessed using multiple-choice questionnaires.

RESULTS:

The lecture, Second Life, and simulated operating suite groups demonstrated significant improvements in all outcome measures. After the intervention, these 3 groups had significantly higher behavior (P < .001), self-report (P < .05), and knowledge (P < .05) scores than the control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study demonstrates the value of delivering a theater induction curriculum for operating room preparation.

PMID:
21703594
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.03.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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