This study evaluates the impact of an upper-limb ultrasound surgery diploma on surgical practices, specifically assessing how this specialized training influences the adoption and application of ultrasound techniques in upper limb surgeries.
Material and methods
A comprehensive survey was conducted from August to November 2023, targeting individuals who completed the upper-limb ultrasound surgery diploma program between 2013 and 2023. The survey, distributed online, comprised 31 questions spanning demographic information, professional background, specifics about the diploma program, motivations for pursuing the diploma, post-diploma practices, challenges faced, and financing of ultrasound equipment.
Out of the 181 actually receiving the questionnaire. 94 (52%) completed the survey. The results showed an increase in ultrasound-guided interventions from 14.9% to 47.9% post-diploma. The diploma significantly influenced diagnostic ultrasound usage, though not statistically significant (35.3%–74.5%). The primary motivation for pursuing the diploma was the desire to embrace innovation (76.6%). Post-diploma, over half of the graduates observed a positive impact on patient recruitment. Challenges included lack of confidence and time constraints. Over 56% of graduates planned to increase their ultrasound-guided surgery practice. Net Promoter Score of the ultrasound interventions practices was 54.8.
The study demonstrates the considerable impact of the upper-limb ultrasound surgery diploma on surgical practices, notably in increasing the adoption and application of ultrasound-guided techniques. It highlights the importance of specialized training in adapting to technological advancements and enhancing patient care, suggesting directions for future surgical education and clinical practice integration.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Ultrasound-guided surgery, Upper-limb, Surgical education, Diploma evaluation, Technological adaptation