Postoperative video debriefing reduces technical errors in laparoscopic surgery

Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
American journal of surgery (Impact Factor: 2.41). 08/2007; 194(1):110-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.10.027
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ABSTRACT Because of the learning curve required to master laparoscopic procedures, there is a growing concern that patient safety may be compromised due to technical errors by a novice surgeon. We evaluated the effect of videotape debriefing on the performance of a complex laparoscopic procedure.
Twenty-four surgical residents performed a laparoscopic jejunojejunal anastomosis under the supervision of a single laparoscopic surgeon. All procedures were videotaped. Half of the residents underwent video debriefing. Videotapes were analyzed for knot-tying time, anastomotic time, and frequency of minor technical errors and adverse events. The performance of the debriefed group was compared with a non-debriefed group.
Knot-tying time, minor errors, and anastomotic time were similar between the debriefed and non-debriefed groups. However, adverse events from technical errors were more frequent in the non-debriefed group (chi2 = 7.647, P = .006).
Postoperative video debriefing is an effective educational tool for reducing adverse events during a complex laparoscopic procedure.

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