Methods: The email-based cross-sectional study was conducted in December 2014 at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Federal Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore, Pakistan, and comprised respiratory physicians and trainees after their participation in a two-day hands-on training course on pleuroscopy and pleural medical procedures.
Conclusion: Animal cadavers can be used as an effective teaching tool for pleuroscopy training.
1,3 Pleuroscopy training can be pursued by doing pleural procedures on patients under close supervision by expert trainers as well as using simulated models.
The current study was planned to see if simulation training using animal cadavers is a useful tool for training in pleuroscopy.
On day 2, two trainers performed pleuroscopy on two patients each and two groups rotated with one trainer using Richard Wolf Rigid Single Puncture Video Pleuroscopy System and the remaining two groups remained with the second trainer using Semi-rigid Olympus Video Pleuroscopy System.
To the best of our knowledge, no research exists addressing the use of pleuroscopy at the bedside in an ICU for unexplained pleural effusion in patients with acute respiratory failure.
The main indication for pleuroscopy is an exudative pleural effusion with unknown aetiology (1).
Pleuroscopy with local anaesthesia is a less invasive and less expensive approach to thoracoscopy.
A 16 Fr pigtail catheter was inserted for drainage after the pleuroscopy.