Frugal retinal laser training simulation eyes
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Simulation based training (SBT) is increasingly being integrated into medical apprenticeships . This process has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The advantages of being able to progressively train and assess competency on potentially hazardous procedures in a safe and controlled environment as well as reduce face-to-face contact are of clear benefit to patients, trainees and trainers alike. Retinal lasering has been identified as a procedure that would particularly benefit from SBT . Most simulation tools are however expensive and impractically so for those training in low- and middle-income settings where the need is greatest to deal with the emerging epidemics of blindness from diabetes and premature birth . Here we describe a recently developed simulation eye adapted for retinal laser training and assessment (Fig. 1) . We have included a video of the simulation eye being ‘treated’ with laser on PASCAL 532 nm laser (Video 1).
Kousha , O , Staniszewski , B , Ulloa , J L , Tarafdar , S , Ellis , J & Blaikie , A 2021 , ' Frugal retinal laser training simulation eyes ' , Eye . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41433-021-01590-2
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