Resources: Surgery

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Smile Train Safe Surgery Checklist

Published by: Smile Train

Built off of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery Checklist, the Smile Train Safe Surgery Checklist offers a valuable standard for cleft teams to use at the onset of cleft surgery. It ensures all steps necessary to result in the best outcome for patients. Dropbox link for all languages. 

Robots in the Operating Room: The Future of Cleft Palate Repair

Published by: PRS Journal

Surgical Techniques for Treatment of Unilateral Cleft Lip

Published by: Mustafa Chopan, Lohrasb Sayadi, Donald R. Laub

Safety & Quality Protocol

Published by: Smile Train

Smile Train’s central programmatic document is the Safety & Quality Protocol. It outlines all required resources – medical staff, equipment, supplies, patient directions – needed to provide a safe, quality surgery. Dropbox link for all languages.

Simulare Medical Simulator Videos

Published by: Simulare Medical

Virtual Surgery Simulator

Published by: Smile Train & BioDigital Inc.

Partnering with BioDigital Inc., Smile Train created a web-based, free, comprehensive cleft simulator representing the next step in the evolution of cleft training. While its content is primarily targeted toward surgeons, the anatomy sections also offer dynamic training for cleft speech therapists, dentists, and orthodontists.