Instructions for making a low cost, low fidelity box trainer
Build the box trainer in any desired configuration. We inserted special pieces in the different chambers and residents would practice maneuvering the ureteroscope and identifying the pieces.
Place the configuration in the plastic storage container. It is very helpful to have a “roof” on the chambers to prevent the ureteroscope from going above the walls of the chambers. We used flat pieces with dual sided connectivity.
Cut a hole in one end of the plastic storage box for insertion of the ureteroscope.
Use foam padding to protect the ureteroscope. Glue a piece to the inside top of the box as well as a piece to store the ureteroscope. Cut a groove with utility knife and highlight with a marker for ease of visibility.
We wanted a dedicated reusable digital flexible ureteroscope for simulation education. While there are several disposable flexible ureteroscopes commercially available, most of those are designed to become inoperable after one use and may require a dedicated monitor purchased from the same company. This would be too costly for our program. Thus we identified a source for a disposable ureteroscope, NeoflexTM(Neoscope2020 LLC, San Jose, CA), that connects to a standard laptop or computer instead of a dedicated monitor. This scope does not become inoperable after a set period of time thus allowing reuse in a simulation setting