Development and validation of VBLaST-PT© : a virtual peg transfer simulator

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013:184:24-30.


Peg transfer is one of the five tasks in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), which is now established as a standard for training minimally invasive surgery. In this paper we report development and preliminary validation of Virtual Basic Laparoscopic Skill Trainer-peg transfer (VBLaST-PT© simulator. Face validation of the VBLaST-PT© with 34 subjects revealed high scores for all aspects of simulation. A two-tailed Mann-Whitney performed on the total scores on VBLaST-PT© showed significant (p=0.001) difference between the skill groups.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / instrumentation*
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods
  • Laparoscopy / education
  • Laparoscopy / instrumentation*
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Man-Machine Systems*
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Touch
  • User-Computer Interface*