Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1142/s2424835520500241
Title: Maintaining Effective Microsurgery Training with Reduced Utilisation of Live Rats
Authors: AMITABHA LAHIRI 
SANDEEP JACOB SEBASTIN MUTTATH 
Yusoff, Siti Khadijah
CHONG KHIN SZE ALPHONSUS 
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt
Citation: AMITABHA LAHIRI, SANDEEP JACOB SEBASTIN MUTTATH, Yusoff, Siti Khadijah, CHONG KHIN SZE ALPHONSUS (2020-06). Maintaining Effective Microsurgery Training with Reduced Utilisation of Live Rats. The Journal of Hand Surgery (Asian-Pacific Volume) 25 (02) : 206-213. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1142/s2424835520500241
Abstract: Background: Microvascular surgery is now an integral part of many surgical disciplines, and the success of these procedures relies on the technical skills of the surgeon. Although numerous training models and simulations have been developed, the living rat model is favoured for its high fidelity to clinical microsurgery. However, there are serious ethical concerns over the use of live models for training. The aim of this study was to demonstrate if effective skill acquisition was possible with a reduction in the number of live rats. Methods: Two course structures were designed, that were implemented. Total training hours remained the same in both the courses, but the number of rats used was reduced from conventional five rats per participant to four in group A and to three in group B while increasing the training time spent on synthetic and ex-vivo models. We assessed the effectiveness of the courses by comparing the patency rates, the time taken per anastomosis and efficiency of the utilisation rate of rats. Results: There were 30 participants in Group A and 28 participants in group B. We observed that group B was able to perform anastomosis in a significantly shorter time and with patency rates similar to group A in spite of a lesser number of rats used in the training. Conclusions: we were able to conclusively demonstrate that it was possible to reduce live rat usage in microsurgical training without compromising on the quality of training.
Source Title: The Journal of Hand Surgery (Asian-Pacific Volume)
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/190182
ISSN: 2424-8355
2424-8363
DOI: 10.1142/s2424835520500241
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