Development of a low-cost, reusable laparoscopic entry and emergency model

Christopher C. DeStephano, Delaney W. La Rosa, Amy M. Lannen, Jesse C. Dove, Dorin T. Colibaseanu, Tri A. Dinh

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Although studies on simulation of rare complications have become more common in the trauma and obstetric literature, there is a paucity of studies on simulation of rare laparoscopic emergencies. High-fidelity models, virtual reality systems, and porcine labs are available; however, their cost limits wider use and repetition of skills. A low-cost, laparoscopic entry and emergency model was created using on-hand base parts. A convenience sample of obstetrics/gynecology and general surgery residents and attending surgeons completed a laparoscopic entry and emergency scenario using an innovative model in the multidisciplinary simulation center. A total of 29 gynecology, urology, and general surgery residents, fellows, and attending surgeons participated in the laparoscopic emergency simulation drill. Of the 29 participants of the laparoscopic emergency simulation drill using the model, 27 (93.1%) agreed or strongly agreed that the simulated drill approximates the stress of a vascular injury during laparoscopy and 27 (93.1%) agreed or strongly agreed that the model set up appears appropriate for approximating a retroperitoneal hematoma. The reusable, laparoscopic simulation model and emergency drill were rated favorably by participants. The model and drill have the potential to be used for multidisciplinary drills that include anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, surgical technologists, and surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-405
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Defense Modeling and Simulation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Surgical simulation
  • laparoscopic emergency
  • vascular injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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