Lapco International have collaborated with the Peritoneal Malignancy Institute (PMI), Basingstoke to develop the world’s first digital assessment tool for CRS/HIPEC.
The purpose of the project was to implement a structured method to monitor and improve surgical training in CRS/HIPEC. Based on the Lapco Formative Assessment tool for colorectal surgery, a bidirectional scoring system for both trainee and trainer is used to generate proficiency gain curves.
An abstract submitted at PSOGI Venice 2023 states that the implementation of a training method based on a bidirectional assessment tool to evaluate surgical proficiency in CRS/HIPEC is feasible and provides an efficient framework for feedback potentially shortening learning curves.
Ed Sinclair, CEO of Lapco International, said: “It was a significant challenge to implement the Lapco method of assessment into a highly a complex procedure. A case can involve multiple surgeons and take up to 9 hours, so we had to overcome many obstacles to ensure a good user experience without compromising on the quality of learning. After extensive testing and development, we are delighted to reach a point where we feel we can provide real value in the development of CRS trainees.”
Tom Cecil, Clinical Director of the Peritoneal Malignancy Institute said: “We feel confident this tool has huge potential to support the training process for CRS. As it’s a data-driven solution, surgeons can evaluate and compare individual performance as well as demonstrate the impact of an entire training programme. We hope this will lead to further research in the field of CRS/HIPEC training such as proving the tool has a positive impact on clinical and economic outcomes.
About Lapco Learning
Lapco Learning is a digital platform to help manage and accelerate surgical training safely and effectively. Our validated methodology supports better training in the operating room to ease the adoption of surgical techniques and technologies. Performance insights support and measure the learning process such as; trainee learning curves (including individual steps within a procedure), comparing trainer and trainee feedback for a specific case, comparing groups of trainees and analysing the quality of training. Find out more here or contact us for a demonstration.