Development of a Training Model for Small Animal Thoracocentesis and Chest Tube Thoracostomy

///Development of a Training Model for Small Animal Thoracocentesis and Chest Tube Thoracostomy

Development of a Training Model for Small Animal Thoracocentesis and Chest Tube Thoracostomy

Julie A. Williamson and Robin M. Fio Rito

Training veterinary students to perform emergency procedures, such as thoracocentesis and chest tube thoracostomy, poses challenges in terms of providing adequate hands-on experience without compromising animal welfare. A small animal thoracocentesis and chest tube thoracostomy model has been developed, that allows repetitive practice in a safe, standardised environment. The model has been incorporated into a clinical skills laboratory, where students work through computerised case studies in small groups, performing thoracocentesis or chest tube thoracostomy where indicated during the case. Student feedback indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the model and the laboratory experience, high perceived value of the case studies in improving learning, and increased confidence to perform the procedures under supervision. This model can replace the use of live animals while students are practising these procedures, improving their technique, and learning the appropriate safeguards used to prevent
injuries such as pulmonary trauma.

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