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The Effectiveness of Simulation Training in an Advanced Trauma Life Support Program for General Surgery Residents: A Pilot Study

 Myoung Jun Kim  ;  Jae Gil Lee  ;  Seung Hwan Lee 
 Journal of the Korean Association Traumatology (대한외상학회지), Vol.33(4) : 219-226, 2020-10 
Journal Title
Journal of Trauma and Injury
Issue Date
Simulation ; Trauma ; Education
Purpose: Although the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course is now taught internationally, it has not been implemented in Korea. In recent years, interest has increased in simulation as a teaching tool in the ATLS course. We therefore hypothesized that simulation training would be a useful adjunct to the ATLS course.
Methods: We designed a 1-day curriculum that included skill development workstations, expert lectures, trauma patient simulations, and group discussion for general surgery residents. We conducted a survey to evaluate participants’ level of understanding of the initial evaluation and treatment of trauma patients, their degree of knowledge and technical improvement, their satisfaction with the learning goals, and their overall satisfaction with the curriculum. We then analyzed the effects before and after the training.
Results: Nine residents attended this course. None of the residents initially reported that they could perform a primary survey of trauma patients. The analysis revealed significant improvements after training in the questionnaire areas of “assembly of the team and preparation for resuscitation of a trauma patient” (p=0.008), “performance of a primary survey for trauma patients” (p=0.007), “resuscitative procedures for trauma patients” (p=0.008), “importance of re-evaluation” (p=0.007), “identifying the pitfalls associated with the initial assessment and management” (p=0.007), and “importance of teamwork” (p=0.007).
Conclusions: After the ATLS simulation training, all participants showed significant improvements in their understanding of how to manage multiple trauma patients. Therefore, ATLS simulation training for residents will help in the management of trauma patients.
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Surgery (외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Myung Jun(김명준)
Lee, Jae Gil(이재길) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1148-8035
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