Paracentesis is a common procedure across the world but training for it is changing. Recent reports in both the US and the UK have provided evidence that simulation is improving patient outcomes. The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board/ Heath Education England report stated:
‘There is good evidence that certain CMT practical procedures (central venous catheterisation, thoracentesis, abdominal paracentesis) … can improve patient outcomes if taught using SBE [Simulation Based Education].’
In line with latest curriculum needs, both landmark and ultrasound guided techniques can be taught. The trainer allows realistic palpation of the abdominal area while the internal echogenic anatomy allows students to become familiar with anatomy under ultrasound.
‘We are seeing that ultrasound scanning is becoming more widely used in many procedures. With asities removal, the image ensures safe insertion of the catheter or needle, minimising potential risk for the patient.’ said Nick Gerolemou- Product Manager for Limbs & Things.
Similar to the L&T Chest Drain, both products feature cost-effective consumable pads which offer realistic tissue and needle responses under procedures. This keeps on-going costs to a minimum, with pads that can withstand up to 200 needle insertions or between 50-100 rocket catheter insertions before needing to be replaced. Nick Gerolemou continues:
‘I am incredibly proud of this new product. The response from clinicians and trainees so far has been extremely positive. Paracentesis is one of the first techniques a Junior Doctor learns, so building their confidence in learning early in their core medical training is vital.”