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Data from: Is there a benefit for anesthesiologists of adding difficult airway scenarios for learning fiberoptic intubation skills using virtual reality training? A randomized controlled study

Citation

Kurrek, Matthias (2022), Data from: Is there a benefit for anesthesiologists of adding difficult airway scenarios for learning fiberoptic intubation skills using virtual reality training? A randomized controlled study, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.qjq2bvqjc

Abstract

Introduction: Fiberoptic intubation for a difficult airway requires significant experience. Traditionally only normal airways were available for high fidelity bronchoscopy simulators. It is not clear if training on difficult airways offers an advantage over training on normal airways. This study investigates the added value of difficult airway scenarios during virtual reality fiberoptic intubation training.

Methods: A prospective multicentric randomized study was conducted 2019 to 2020, among 86 inexperienced anesthesia residents, fellows and staff. Two groups were compared: Group N (control, n=43) first trained on a normal airway and Group D (n=43) first trained on a normal, followed by three difficult airways. All were then tested by comparing their Global Rating Scores (GRS) on 5 scenarios (1 normal and 4 difficult airways).

Results: The final evaluation GRS score for the normal airway testing scenario was significantly higher for group N than group D: median score 76% (IQR 56.5 - 90) versus 58% (IQR 51.5 - 69, p = 0.0039), but there was no difference in GRS scores for the difficult intubation testing scenarios. 

Conclusions: A single exposure to each of 3 different difficult airway scenarios did not lead to better fiberoptic intubation skills on previously unseen difficult airways, when compared to multiple exposures to a normal airway scenario. This finding may be due to the learning curve of approximately 5-10 exposures to a specific airway scenario required to reach proficiency. 

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