The Cardiff Cup: A Model for Tonsillectomy Tie TrainingAl-Hussaini A*, Addams-Williams J and Tomkinson A
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
- Corresponding Author:
- Dr. A. Al-Hussaini
Department of Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Wales
Cardiff, UK, CF14 4XW
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Received date: July 11, 2011; Accepted date: July 14, 2011; Published date: July 23, 2011
Citation: Al-Hussaini A, Addams-Williams J, Tomkinson A (2011) The Cardiff Cup: A Model for Tonsillectomy Tie Training. Otolaryngol 1:102. doi:10.4172/2161-119X.1000102
Copyright: © 2011 Al-Hussaini A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Tonsillectomy is a procedure commonly performed by otolaryngologists. The National Prospective Tonsillectomy Audit  reported reduced postoperative haemorrhage rates using cold steel dissection combined with ligation for haemostasis in comparison to hot tonsillectomy techniques. Accordingly, there is growing emphasis on the need for ENT surgical trainees to develop competence in tonsillectomy ties for haemostasis. Tonsillectomy tie technique is an important skill that requires good manual dexterity and one that is difficult to learn under the pressure of a bleeding patient. Furthermore, in the UK, opportunities for junior surgical trainees to undertake tonsillectomy tie training in the operating theatre have been limited by the enforcement of the European Working Time Directive . Thus, there is a growing need for the use of simulation to practise tonsillectomy ties. We present a simple, readily available and economical simulation model for surgical trainees to practise tonsillectomy ties.