By Comus Whalan
There are numerous outstanding books on the right way to do operations yet there are few or none on the best way to support at them, and none written both via or for clinical scholars or medical professionals. hence, the abilities that make a professional surgical assistant are tricky to procure. generally, they could simply study in a haphazard manner, via spending years within the working theater. This publication describes these abilities in a concise and systematic approach, in surgical procedure quite often, and in ten various speciality components. even though meant customarily for clinical-level clinical scholars and junior medical professionals, other folks who support at surgical operations, together with normal practitioners, nurse assistants and surgical technologists, also will locate it precious. no matter if making plans a occupation in surgical procedure, or just aiming for top marks in a surgical rotation, there are few higher how you can galvanize a health care professional than through skilfully aiding at surgical operations.
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Then slide your ﬁngers into the glove. To help do this, use your (gown-covered) right hand to grasp the cuff of the glove at the point indicated by the arrow in the diagram, and pull the glove on. 1 Donning surgical gloves. The left hand is seen through the surgical gown’s left sleeve. The left hand is inserted as shown, and the glove pulled on by gripping it with the right hand, at the point indicated by the arrow (see text, p. 40). A variation of this method involves grasping the glove in the same way initially, but then placing the glove on the left sleeve of the gown, thumb downwards, with the ﬁngers pointing towards the left elbow.
52–3. ■ Washing out (also known as irrigation or lavage) This means irrigating an area (often with normal saline) to remove small pieces of debris that may act as foreign bodies, or as a culture medium for infection. This debris may include loose fatty tissue, blood clot and ﬁbrin. ■ Drain insertion Not all operations contain this stage. 33 The operation itself ■ Closure of the wound Some or all of the layers of the wound ae closed. Most commonly, the layers are stitched closed with suture material.
If you are tall and the table is low for you, your options are limited. Standing with your legs further apart helps a little, but you may simply have to accept a posture that is less than perfect. Any delicate manual task is much harder if you hold your hand at arm’s length, than if the arm is supported. g. 1). Try to use both hands when assisting, rather than keeping one hand idle. Even if you are only holding one instrument, you will usually ﬁnd that using both hands is less tiring, and allows you to steady the instrument more accurately.
Assisting at surgical operations: a practical guide by Comus Whalan