Germany-based endovascular simulator supplier CATHI has joined forces with UK-based Vascular Simulation Solutions (VSS) to offer the world’s first online training masterclass using endovascular simulation coupled to a structured curriculum, the company said in a press release.
At its heart is the CATHIS simulator, which is fully functional with all standard software systems including every iOS system and Oculus VR (virtual reality).
The training is supported by a structured curriculum, delivered by specialist endovascular instructors with many years‘ clinical experience. The programme is targeted at specialist trainees in every year of their course, medical students on a condensed course, and interested interventionists. The scope of the package includes endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for carotid, renal, iliac, femoral and tibial artery angioplasties. In addition, the curriculum includes training on emergency vascular cases such as ruptured aneurysms and visceral bleeding and trauma.
“The importance of periodical continuous education, training and structured curricula of interventional procedures has been confirmed by numerous clinical experts around the globe“, noted CATHI managing director of marketing and sales Manuela Werner. “With this joint venture between VSS and our company we are combining top-level expertise with our near-to-reality simulation systems.“
Consultant vascular surgeon Abdullah Jibawi (Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chertsey, UK), who is involved with delivering the new programme, added: “We have built our curriculum with the end user in mind in every minute detail. We want to answer the real need for training by allowing a layer-by-layer build-up of skills and decision-making […] Our programme introduces the ability to train interventionists over a specified period of time, followed by a customised exposure to a specified product line to fine-tune their experience as needed.“