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E-BLUS COURSE AND EXAM

ESU/ESUT Hands-on Training Laparoscopy course (basic-EBLUS and Intermediate)
Date: 27 October 2021
Venue: Alexandria Library Convention Center
Course Duration: 08:00-10:00
HALL (Hall C )
Course Director: Ali Gozen(DE)
Course Coordinator: Akram Assem (EG)
Course trainer:
  • Ali Gözen, Heilbronn (DE)
  • A.lyAbdel-Karim (EG)
  • Akram Assem (EG)
  • Ahmed Moussa (EG)
  • Murat Arslan (TR)
  • Mohamoud Shalaby (EG)
  • Mohamed Kotb (EG)
Aims and Objectives
Laparoscopic procedures are continuously evolving in urology based on the increasing expertise of urologic surgeons. This includes ablative procedures, such as radical nephrectomy as well as reconstructive techniques, such as pyeloplasty. Since more centres and urologists are interested in minimal invasive surgery and offers advanced laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedures the number of laparoscopic cases are increasing.

In this context laparoscopic training programmes have become more important than before.  Basic laparoscopy training represents the milestone in learning laparoscopy. Hands-on training courses at the pelvi-trainer are one of the main steps of basic laparoscopic training.

ESU/ESUT training research board has developed and validated a comprehensive program of education and assessment of the basic fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery namely European Training in Basic Laparoscopic Urological Skills (E-BLUS). This basic laparoscopic training program is including a theoretical online part beside the four steps practical box training. E-BLUS is offered to urologists and surgical residents who want to master the basic skills in laparoscopy required for operation theatre. The attendees can also make a theoretical and practical E-BLUS exam which will be certified by EAU and get a E-BLUS certificate beside the certificate of attendance. Even more experienced laparoscopists may need to practice certain exercises to be able to demonstrate their skills level in the practical exam.

European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) aims to share knowledge and expertise and to harmonize the European standards of laparoscopic training in MMISU2019.

Workshop
With surgical training, the goal is to produce a surgeon who is highly competent and confident in performing laparoscopic procedures; and thereby mitigate the risks of complications. Because of the specific risks, visuo-spatial relationships, and the steep learning curve that are unique to laparoscopy, hands-on training on a box or visual simulator is the recommended way to start learning laparoscopic skills.
The E-BLUS program includes:
  • Hands-on training (HOT) sessions of different levels carried out under the guidance of experienced tutors
  • A set of training-box exercises developed and validated by EUREP training group to train basic skills needed in urological laparoscopy. These basic skills exercises can be tested in an exam (E-BLUS exam)
  • An online theoretical course through EAU web site.
  • The HOT sessions are designed to cater to the specific needs of the participants and represent a unique opportunity to train with experienced national international experts in laparoscopy.

The set of exercises offered in this module for box-training addresses bimanual dexterity, depth perception, suturing, clipping and cutting skills. Clinical application is found in such procedures as partial nephrectomy, total nephrectomy, pyeloplasty and radical prostatectomy.

The set includes the following exercises:

  • Peg transfer
  • Cutting a circle
  • Single knot tying
  • Clip-and-cut
  • Needle guidance

For each exercise a time limit is defined, as well as criteria for a successful completion of the exercise.

Course Format:
1 Introduction by course coordinator

(5 minutes)

2 Hands-on-training at different EBLUS models

(110 minutes)

3 Questions and answers, tips and tricks

(5 minutes)