FEB 04, 2015 1:30 PM PST

The Surgeons Toolbox: outcomes are only as good as the contents of the box

C.E. Credits: CE
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  • Head of Emerging Technologies, LAS, Novartis
    Biography
      Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS is the Head of Emerging Technologies at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. In this position, he leads global strategic initiatives focused on digital efforts to uncover new scientific insights, generate scientific breakthroughs and collect more physiologically and clinically relevant data & endpoints to optimize reproducibility and clinical translation.

      He has held multiple faculty and startup positions and has served on multiple boards. Currently he is serving as Board Member of North America 3Rs Collaborative and is a Chair of the 3Rs Working Group International Consortium for Innovation & Quality in Pharmaceutical Development. Witin the IQ he leads Digital Vivarium Scoping and Animal Studies Modernization Working Groups.

      Dr. Baran is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the University Of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine and a Masters of Science in Comparative Medicine at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.

    Abstract

    The field of surgical research has been growing rapidly with the development of new surgical and disease models. An extremely important and often overlooked aspect of creating these models is the proper selection and implementation of surgical instrumentation and equipment. It is imperative to identify and select the appropriate instrumentation and equipment for the intended surgical procedure to be able to perform the procedure correctly. Other considerations when choosing surgical instruments are their ergonomic properties while making sure that instruments and equipment are of adequate quality and meet longevity requirements. Most research facilities do not have surgical instrument and equipment procurement specialists on site. Moreover, most personnel performing rodent surgeries do not have the same level of surgical training as human or veterinary surgeons. Therefore, identifying the most appropriate instruments, considering the number of instrument companies, quality and size, can be overwhelming. Inappropriate surgical instrumentation and equipment selection increases the risk of poor surgical technique and surgical complications leading to poor outcomes. This presentation describes several points that should be considered when selection and procurement of surgical instrumentation and equipment to optimize procedural outcome, thus decreasing confounding factors, risk of morbidity and mortality, and expense in the long term.


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