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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...

Electrosurgery, Piercings & Patient Safety

According to an US study 29% of people have piercings. As an OR professional we understand that metal & electricity can lead to adverse outcomes for our patients. Electrode pads should be placed as close as possible to the incision and away from any fluid or...

Surgical Experience & Exposure

Does experience within the OR have a direct impact on our patients? My guess is yes, why, because experience breeds skills and knowledge. Without the skill there is a lack of insight. Without this insight there is a lack of preparedness and efficiency, thus longer surgical times. We...

Technology & the OR

Surgery continues to break boundaries in the OR, we have bionic implants, surgical instruments customised to the various surgical approaches, devices to control bleeding, complete intra-operative patient monitoring. Hmmm what about the OR setup, preparation & equipment? Getting the right equipment at the right time is...

Surgical Safety & Aviation

This is worth 1hr of your time, if you have not already watched this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=kaydVvH7S4E&app=desktop...

Surgical SetUps- How many trays is enough?

Surgery is becoming more complex & technical. Surgeons want to use the latest surgical technology to get the best surgical outcomes, I get it, but when the surgeons relies upon the nurses/techs & ODP's to put the equipment together & check that every piece of...

Cultural Practices in Surgery

Cultural Practices in Surgery There are many cultural beliefs about keeping the body as a whole and or burying specific parts as a custom. These beliefs can be conflicted when undertaken in a healthcare facility. What are your thoughts on cultural practices in surgery? Does your facility...

Do you know who is who in the OR, even after Time Out?

In regards to Time Out do you find all team members actually introducing themselves and what their role is, ie surgical technologist, scrub technician, endorsed enrolled nurse, operating department practitioner, surgical technician, new graduate, are you aware of their level of experience? As team members we...

Surgical Instruments-Do we respect them?

Did you know that surgical instruments are designed for a specific purpose and for specific tissue. Some have crushing forceps others do not, some have blunt tips, others are used to dissect, the point is, they have very specific uses and if this is not...

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