Masonry

Surgical Setups-Do they really just disappear?

                    Does this happen elsewhere? You collect all the equipment required for the next days surgical cases, this includes the surgical instrument trays, camera, scopes, dressings, prosthesis, sutures, local anaesthetic, sutures etc, all specific to the surgeons preference...

Juggling Act

How many times do you find yourself juggling surgical trays & instruments, whilst having to fast track equipment for following cases. When do your operating room lists get finalised, the day before a scheduled list, with limited insight from management as to the available resources,...

Formaldehyde & Specimen Collection

We all know the importance of specimen collection, labelling, marking, appropriate size collection container and placing the right amount of 10% NBF (Non Buffered Formaldehyde or Formalin) into the specimen container. Formaldehyde is used as a tissue preservative. A specimen if directed by a surgeon should be...

Dr Joseph Lister

A Surgical Disruptor or Barbarian? Did Dr Joseph Lister really raise the standard of surgical barbarianism or did he simply push the boundaries, after all, he excised a life threatening cancer from his sisters breast, on his brothers dining room table. And we do have surgical instruments...

Human Error

Human Error http://www.psnetwork.org/know-youre-human/ Do you know the impact of human error in your OR? We have so many checklists and forms to complete intra-operatively, in addition to juggling instrument trays and demands of surgeons in a time restricted environment? I shared a tweet by a nurse who thinks we...

Surgical Checklists & Aviation

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaydVvH7S4E[/embed] Checklists do save lives, this is a very interesting take on patient safety, its long but worth watching. #ptsafety #surgical-safety #humanerror...

Specimen Collection- Getting it Right!

Intra-operative specimen collection can be stressful to those outside of the sterile field, why because more than one biopsy can be taken at a time, such as prostate biopsies where there may be more than 12 biopsies taken on one patient and if you have...

Robotic v’s Traditional Surgery

What are your thoughts on the impacts of robotic surgery? I am afraid this amazing technology may lead us to de-skill. For those of you using this technology daily, is it changing your traditional focus on preparing for surgical procedures? Do you fear we will...

Welcome 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year & Welcome in 2016. I know the coming year will bring changes to our profession & with that challenges. As part of the Peri-Operative Team always remember you are unique, dynamic, adaptable...

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