Limbs & Things Launches VALS Approved Laparoscopic Skills Trainer

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Limbs & Things has launched a VALS approved laparoscopic trainer for veterinary surgeons.

Photo courtesy of Henry Moore, Jr., Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Seeking the VALS certification will allow the surgeon to gain advanced skills in a low-stress environment and be prepared for the challenges of the real world

The VALS Laparoscopic Skills Trainer is a brand new, cost effective solution for acquiring the basic skills required for the VALS training and assessment program. There are two separate trainer boxes that are offered; one with the option of a USB Camera and the other with a TV Camera. Both boxes come with a light source and a pre-ported skin frame for trocars. It is an ideal training environment for developing skills both in the skills laboratory and “at home”.

Trainees can connect the trainer to their laptop or television (depending on the option purchased) for practice and training using their own instruments. (Instruments can also be purchased via the FLS website). The trainer allows for the development of basic psychomotor skills as well as knot tying and precision cutting.

As the exclusive developer and manufacturer of the FLS Training System, Limbs & Things is committed to providing healthcare professionals with products that enable competence and confidence in the skills needed to perform laparoscopic procedures.

The VALS product will allow the students to master the skills associated with a VALS Certification. “We are very honored to be a part of the Veterinary Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (VALS) program. Seeking the VALS certification will allow the surgeon to gain advanced skills in a low-stress environment and be prepared for the challenges of the real world” said Robin Wootten, Chief Learning Officer.

About the VALS program:

“Improve your skills, increase your case load.” VALS is a laparoscopic skills training and assessment program available for veterinary surgeons. Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), diplomates of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS), and veterinarians currently in ACVS/ECVS-approved residency training programs are eligible to enroll in VALS. The VALS program is also ideal for ACVS diplomats who are interested in MIS but did not get training their residencies.

Limbs & Things was established in Bristol, England in 1990 by medical artist Margot Cooper. The business focuses on the development, manufacture and sale of medical training products for healthcare professionals and students worldwide. They are committed to working in close collaboration with clinicians globally to produce realistic task trainers, that enable more competent and confident professionals, with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing medical error.

Limbs & Things have offices in the UK, US, Australia and Sweden, as well as partnerships with distributors worldwide.

For more information on Limbs & Things please contact Karen O'Conner at karen.oconner(at)limbsandthings(dot)com.

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