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Formalin embalmed cadavers are effective training tools for hands-on skills training of combat advanced trauma life support course (C-ATLS)

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R. Pokhrel ,

Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, NP
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Shree Birendra Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
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R. P. Shah,

Shree Birendra Hospital, Kathmandu, NP
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N. Banskota,

Shree Birendra Hospital, Kathmandu, NP
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B. B. Thapa,

Shree Birendra Hospital, Kathmandu, NP
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R. R. Shahi,

Shree Birendra Hospital, Kathmandu, NP
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T. P. Thapa,

Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, NP
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B. KC

Shree Birendra Hospital, Kathmandu, NP
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Abstract

Introduction: Use of cadavers as replacement of mannequins has been practiced since many years now and they are more suitable in resource scarce societies where cadavers are available. Cadavers that are used for the purpose of anatomy teaching at undergraduate level can be used for hands on training of various clinical and procedural skills. We describe the finding of a hands on workshop on procedural skills conducted at our institute.

 

Methodology: During hands on session of combat advanced trauma life support course (C-ATLS), procedural skills Tracheostomy, Colostomy, Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage, Suprapubic Catheter Insertion, Tube Thoracostomy, Pericardiocentesis, Venesection and Application of External Fixator were taught using traditionally embalmed human cadavers. Structured and non-structured feedbacks from both facilitators of the course and participants were obtained to assess the suitability of cadavers for skills training.

 

Results: Most facilitators and participants responded that use of cadavers in the skills training was suitable as per the learning objectives and needs. Some drawbacks of using these cadavers were also noted.

 

Conclusion: Traditionally fixed human cadavers can be effectively used for hands on training program of procedural skills of C-ATLS.
How to Cite: Pokhrel, R., Shah, R.P., Banskota, N., Thapa, B.B., Shahi, R.R., Thapa, T.P. and KC, B., 2020. Formalin embalmed cadavers are effective training tools for hands-on skills training of combat advanced trauma life support course (C-ATLS). South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 13(2), pp.32–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v13i2.208
Published on 30 Jan 2020.
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