A low fidelity Peritonsillar Abscess Drainage Simulator - Our experience of feedback from 117 trainees

Clin Otolaryngol. 2020 Sep 13. doi: 10.1111/coa.13632. Online ahead of print.


Peritonsillar abscesses are usually managed by junior and non-specialist medical staff, therefore there is an increasing need to provide them with practical training. Simulation is known to be a valuable tool in medical education; low-fidelity simulation models can introduce learners to new technical skills while remaining low-cost and logistically easy to deliver. We have developed a low-cost peritonsillar abscess drainage simulator tested by 117 junior doctors. Learners rated this model highly for developing skills specific to peritonsillar abscess drainage, such as headlight usage and depth perception; it also increased their confidence overall.