On Site Porcine Kidney Transplant Simulation to Prepare a Novice Transplant Center for Human Living Kidney Transplant: The Ethiopian Experience

  • Engida Abebe


Background – The Ethiopian kidney transplantation program was recently established. Except the transplant surgeon most professionals involved were new or has very little experience on kidney transplant.

Objectives – To evaluate if simulation with a porcine helped develop the ability of the new kidney transplant center for human living donor nephrectomy and recipient kidney transplantation.  

Methods and materials – A retrospective review of the reports of the transplant surgeon, nursing and anesthesia team and in-depth interviews of everyone involved in the swine simulation was performed. Additionally, a self administered questionnaire was used to collect data on individuals’ perception of the simulation                                                                        Conclusions; - The experience, the knowledge and skills gained from porcine living donor and recipient transplant simulations were significant that we recommend using such simulation to test a new service in a new center.  Simulation session need to be performed until the team is comfortable and all gaps are identified.

Key words – swine, simulation, surgical skill, test


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