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4th InVeST – International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference

14.09. - 16.09.2015, Hannover

Development and evaluation of a novel feline endotracheal intubation model

Meeting Abstract

InVeST 2015: International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching Conference. Hannover, 14.-16.09.2015. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2015. Doc15invest04

doi: 10.3205/15invest04, urn:nbn:de:0183-15invest044

Veröffentlicht: 10. September 2015

© 2015 Motta et al.
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Intubation of the veterinary patient is a critical step in airway management during anesthesia as well as in emergency care. It requires ability to manipulate multiple tools at once in a limited spatial area with limited time. Feline patients have the added complication of a narrow, easily damaged glottis and overly sensitive larynx. Excessive manipulation of the larynx can induce laryngospasm making intubation more difficult. It is important for veterinary students in training to be comfortable and proficient when intubating felines to avoid damage to the respiratory tract and potentially save lives in emergency situations.

The objectives of this study were to: (1) create an intubation model specific to felines; (2) validate the model’s efficacy in training 4th year veterinary students; (3) evaluate student’s perception regarding the use of this model as a training aid.

Thirty senior students undergoing shelter surgery rotation were randomly assigned to the control or model group. Students in the control group performed routine feline intubation during their rotation. Students in the model group had access to an instructional video and the feline intubation model. These students were allowed to use the model to practice as many times as wanted prior to a routine live feline intubation.

Student’s success rate and time to complete task were recorded during live intubation throughout the 2-week rotation. Students in both groups answered a questionnaire to assess individual's prior experience and confidence level with feline intubation. Students in the model group also answered questions rating the perceived efficacy of the feline intubation simulation model. Data collection and interpretation is ongoing. We expect to find a significant difference in student’s success rate, time of task and confidence levels for individuals the model group compared to the control group.


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