In this PittsburghCREATES collaboration with Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation (Fort Wayne, IN), videos of laparoscopic cholecystectomy cases will be examined to determine the factors influencing surgical variability, including variability among high-performing surgeons. The purpose of the project is ultimately training and assessment that leads to consistently excellent performance and patient outcomes.
In this collaboration between PittsburghCREATES and TransEnterix USA, a recently FDA approved robotic surgery system called Senhance, a mobile assessment was developed to assess skills specific to robotics (OBGyn; General Surgery) and to learning the operation of a specific robotics platform. Additional topics that were examined in this venture include assessing patient selection skills, skills transfer between laparoscopic and robotics training, and surgical teamwork.
This study showed that lower technical scoring of intra-op PJ video correlated with higher post-op pancreatic fistula rate. This was an independent predictor on MVA and added to the known risk factors for pancreatic fistulas based on clinical factors.