Vol 3 | Issue 1 | January-June 2022 | Page 13-18 | Vaibhavi Upadhye, Amit Dikshit, Jaya Thakkar, Amrita Prayag
Authors: Vaibhavi Upadhye , Amit Dikshit , Jaya Thakkar , Amrita Prayag 
 Department of Anaesthesia, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
 Department of Anaesthesia, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Address of Correspondence:
Dr. Vaibhavi Upadhye,
Department of Anaesthesia, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Introduction: Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia is a growing area of interest from the clinical as well as research point of view. Availability of Blue Phantom Mannequin to practice ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia offers a great advantage to trainees in achieving success. It contributes significantly towards the medical training and education of individuals. We considered the use of this technology to facilitate the performance of regional anaesthesia by practicing anaesthesiologists.
Methods: Prospective, comparative study conducted among working anaesthesia consultants and trainees. A pre-teaching assessment was obtained from the participants which was followed by training and practice. At the end of this, a post-training assessment was carried out.
Results: Of the 25 participants, 13 (52.0%) had less than 24 months of experience and 12 (48.0%) had an experience of more than 24 months. Probe stability and needle visualization differed significantly in the pre and post training sessions (p=0.001). Distribution of target reached and obtaining image optimization also differed significantly in the pre and post teaching sessions (p= 0.014 and 0.001 respectively). Identification of structures differed significantly at pre teaching and post teaching sessions (p=0.001).
Conclusion: Study concludes that TAP Block blue phantom is beneficial in improving the skill set of all the participants. Inexperienced candidates with less than 24 months experience rapidly mastered basic ultrasound skills, allowing them to successfully perform an interventional procedure. We recommend simulation training for quality improvement of anaesthesia department. Further educational efforts may be directed at validating the efficacy of TAP block blue phantom simulation training to enhance technical skills and reduce performance times.
Keywords: TAP block, Blue Phantom, Simulation
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|How to Cite this Article: Upadhye V, Dikshit A, Thakkar J, Prayag A | Role of TAP block blue phantom in assessment and quality improvement of the anaesthesia department – A Prospective Study | International Journal of Regional Anaesthesia | January-June 2022; 3(1): 13-18.