Low-cost Reusable Model to Facilitate Simulation-based Training for the Serratus Anterior Plane Block (1090-003588) (Technical Proceedings Manuscript Oral Presentations: Simulators, Task Trainers, Modifications)
Start time: Thursday, January 21, 2021, 2:00 PM End time: Thursday, January 21, 2021, 3:00 PM Session Type: Technical Proceedings
Introduction: The serratus anterior plane block (SAPB) is a single-injection form of regional anesthesia intended to treat rib fractures. This procedure is becoming a common alternative to intravenous opioids for pain management in the emergency department and should be in the scope of practice for all emergency medicine providers. Methods: Current SAPB training models rely on perishable items with limited shelf-life or require expensive task trainers. This paper will offer a model that uses low-cost, durable, and reusable materials that can easily be obtained and stored. The SAPB model described in this paper reproduces both the visualization of the relevant tissue layers as well as needle trajectory with haptic feedback under ultrasound guidance. Results: Twenty-eight emergency medicine residents used this model to learn the SAPB procedure. The majority of the materials were reused for every training session. In a post-training survey completed by each resident, the model was rated for realism, with a majority of participants rating the model as “somewhat realistic” (68%) or “very realistic” (29%). The net cost for one model was $38.27. Discussion: This report details a low-cost, non-perishable, and durable model that provides needle visualization under ultrasound guidance for effective SAPB procedural training.