Background: Currently, training in interventional electrophysiology is based on conventional methodologies, and a paucity of data on the usefulness of simulation in this field is available. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of simulator training on trainees' performance in electrophysiologic catheter placement during the early phase of their learning curve. Methods: Inexperienced electrophysiology fellows were considered. A hybrid high-fidelity simulator (Procedicus VIST, version 7.0, Mentice AB Gothenburg, Sweden for Biosense Webster) was used. The following parameters were evaluated in 3 consecutive patient-based procedures before and after two training sessions of at least 1.5 hours on the simulator: (1) ability to place catheters in conventional recording/pacing sites (coronary sinus, His-bundle area, high right atrium, and right ventricular apex); (2) amount of help provided by the supervisor (scale from 1-3; 3 for maximal help); (3) fluoroscopy time; and (4) positioning time. Results: Seven fellows performed 168 catheter placements during 42 patient-based procedures with no complications. Comparing parameters before and after simulator training, there was a significant reduction in the mean amount of help and in fluoroscopy and positioning times per placement: from 1.71 ± 1.24 to 0.42 ± 0.68 (P <.001), from 121 ± 88 seconds to 76 ± 54 seconds (P <.001), and from 175 ± 138 seconds to 102 ± 74 seconds (P <.001), respectively. Overall fluoroscopy time per patient decreased from 567 ± 220 seconds to 305 ± 111 seconds (P <.0001). Improvement appeared to be related to simulator training alone and not to the previously performed patient-based procedures. Conclusion: During the early phase of the trainees' learning curve, simulator training significantly improves the independent trainees' performance with reduction in radiation exposure.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo:||Simulator training reduces radiation exposure and improves trainees' performance in placing electrophysiologic catheters during patient-based procedures|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.hrthm.2012.04.015|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000307071600017|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84864481086|
|Codice identificativo Pubmed:||22516184|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su Rivista|