ScopeSim™ has resulted from research undertaken by several hospital consultants and academics involved with training and simulation over the past five years.
The results indicate a dramatic improvement by periodic practice regardless of the initial level of expertise.
"Validation of a novel fibreoptic intubation trainer" Anaesthesia 2010; D. J. Williams, Consultant Anaesthetist, ABM University Hospital Trust, Swansea, A. J. Byrne and O. Bodger, Senior Lecturer and Mathematical Modeller, School of Medicine, Swansea University, UK
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of using such a training device on a group of mixed ability. Seventy-five subjects attempted to pass a fibreoptic endoscope through the device five times, with each attempt timed to the nearest second.
The sample group was segregated as 'Novice' - not used a scope before; 'Intermediate' - has used a scope on a limited number of occasions, but not without immediate supervision; 'Learner' - has performed the skill successfully on a number of occasions but might need assistance on some occasions; 'Expert' - has used the scope frequently and supervises others.
The outcomes provided clear evidence of improved performance with repeated attempts regardless of experience level. These results are summarised in the graph opposite with 'Novice' indicated in blue, and 'Expert' in red
A Novel Training Device for Fibreoptic Intubation. European Journal Anaesthesiology 27(2010): Williams,D, Byrne,A.
Validation of a Novel Fibreoptic Intubation Trainer. Anaesthesia 65(2010):williams,D, Byrne,A, Bodger,O.
Acquisition of psychomotor skills for Fibreoptic scope Manipulation using a partial Task Training Device. Swansea Medical Education 2013