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Simulation based training for infant hydrocephalus treatment

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This project uses telesimulation, connecting two remote hospitals via Skype, so that surgeons in Ghana can be educated, trained and supervised by Canadian surgeons to enable them perform surgeries on hydrocephaus patients.
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Hydrocephalus, if left untreated, can halt development and is often fatal in the first years of life. It is treatable, but the surgical ...
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This project uses telesimulation, connecting two remote hospitals via Skype, so that surgeons in Ghana can be educated, trained and supervised by Canadian surgeons to enable them perform surgeries on hydrocephaus patients.
How does your innovation work?
Hydrocephalus, if left untreated, can halt development and is often fatal in the first years of life. It is treatable, but the surgical treatments are difficult to access due to lack of equipment and trained personnel. Endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus is advocated in low-resource areas because it can cure up to 70% of cases without lifelong dependence on an external drain. Specialized neurosurgical training needed to perform this procedure is hindered in these areas by a lack of experts.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Results showed that telesimulation to train surgeons to perform surgery on hydrocephaly patients is highly acceptable and feasible, but requires the motivation and support from multiple stakeholders. 90% (10/11) of participants were satisfied with the Telesimulation training program and were likely to recommend it to a colleague. After the program, participants indicated that they felt confident in their skills, and all agreed that training improved their ETV skills.
Hydrocephalus (excessive fluid in the brain) afflicts over 14,000 infants annually in East, Central, and Southern Africa. Treatment is surgical, which requires difficult to access training, leading to less than 10% of cases being treated in these regions. This project uses telesimulation, connecting two remote hospitals via Skype, so that surgeons in Ghana can be educated, trained and supervised by Canadian surgeons to enable them perform surgeries on hydrocephaus patients.
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Canada and Ghana

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Planned Goals and Milestones

Ultimately, the overarching goal of introducing a neurosurgical telesimulation training program is to support the development of skills that enable health professionals to treat their Hydrocephalus patients with the endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) procedure.

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Apr 2013
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Ghana
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Canada