It is a step before WETLAB and refers to practice using artificial objects such as a simulator. Because WETLAB uses actual biological tissue, skill practice that is realistic is possible; however, due to individual differences, repeated practice using the exact same tissue is not possible. On the other hand, DRYLAB which uses a simulator cannot reproduce the realistic feeling of a biological tissue in a model. However, with DRYLAB, the high reproducibility of models and selective reproduction of physical properties can be achieved. Thus, repetitive practice of basic skills, establishment of a procedural design and a quantitative evaluation of surgical skills for the purpose of verifying training effectiveness are made possible. Furthermore, by selecting the appropriate model, preoperative skill simulation and skills in handling diseased tissues and fragile tissues may also be experienced.
It is said that Ichiro, the ultimate baseball player, practices his swings every day. Similarly, I have heard that top-class surgeons, in order to maintain his/her technique, endeavor to exercise their hands every day. The significance of Simulator Training=DRYLAB is to repeatedly practice the "same procedure" in the "same environment" so as to acquire "confidence" and "stability" in basic skills when actually practicing clinically. In such a way, the surgeon may become equipped with the "energy" to cope with various issues which arise at the clinical site.
Needless to say it is not possible to master the art of cardiac surgery with just DRYLAB. However, it is possible to acquire the ability to perform basic techniques required on-site with overwhelming accuracy. With EBM's DRYLAB, we provide sure basic skill acquisition so that doctors who are handling needle holders for the very first time may be equipped to perform surgeries at the earliest stage, and we also support their passion.