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Laparoscopic trainers have been proved to be effective to improve skills of laparoscopic surgery; they are usually installed at hospital in the surgical department with limited access hours, usually inconvenient to the schedule of the resident. Simple trainer boxes are necessary for residents who desire developing their skills at home independently to the venue and hours of surgical departments. Our goal is to bring the laparoscopic trainer to the desktop of the surgical resident by making it very cheap, small, light, secure and easy to construct. We describe a model of laparoscopic trainer using steel basket which, we believe, meets all of the above-mentioned requirements. It is accessible to any personal budget and can be constructed with a minimum of hand skill. It is small and light enough to permit its daily use on the desktop of the resident for a couple of hours, then after it can be stocked in any locker.
Laparoscopic trainers were designed to help with training in basic laparoscopic skills and to assist surgeons in getting acquainted with instruments.[1,5,6] Numerous commercial virtual-reality and non-virtual trainers are available; however, since these trainers are costly they are unattainable by most surgical departments. Simple trainer boxes are necessary for the departments with limited budget and for residents who desire developing their skills at home independently to the venue and hours obliged by their departments. They have to be secure, small, and light enough to permit their displacement frequently and everywhere. The construction has to be easy, using cheap constituents and accessible in the markets anywhere in the world. They have to provide strong points of entry, while permitting a minimal freedom of movements. since the ideal angle of action and depth are not always easy to obtain in real practice of laparoscopic surgery, the ideal trainer has to provide a choice of several points of entry which permits a variable distance from entry to the target (10-25 cm) and a variable angle of action. A wide range of materials can be used to construct the box. Plywood, plaster of Paris, plastic box and desk drawer were previously used.[2–4,7] We describe a new trainer based on the use of a metallic basket. Our goal is to bring the laparoscopic trainer to the desktop of the surgical resident by making it very cheap, small, light, secure and easy to construct.
The parts that are required to build this trainer cost roughly only $41. As we will show in this section, nearly everyone should be able to construct it.
Other than the constituents in Table 1, a drill and a screw driver are necessary for the construction.
A new simple laparoscopic trainer is described. It is cheap and easy to construct for most of surgery residents, small and light enough to permit its daily use on the desktop at home. This basket trainer will permit to overcome the difficulties due to the unavailability of trainers in the hospital or their limited access hours by bringing the laparoscopic trainer to the desktop of the surgical resident.
The characteristics of our model compared to previously described trainers are as follows:
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