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Operation Theatre nursing conducted in Alexandria (Egypt)

MeduProf-S expert Marja Versantvoort conducted a second week of the module Operation Theatre nursing. In the first week the participants learned how to become a running nurse in the operating theatre. This second week the training focussed on scrub nursing.

On the first day the topic was how to make protocols for surgery and how to use checklists. During a workshop in the operation theatre the surgical safety checklist from the WHO was used. Minimal invasive surgery was the subject of day two. This kind of surgery is really upcoming so special education is needed for the scrub nurses. After a lecture and workshops about minimal invasive surgery, they were able to use all the laparoscopic devices and became ready to assist laparoscopic surgery. After day three, the participants knew everything about the different use of incisions. There are many ways to do an incision. It is important to know which incision the surgeon will use to prepare the right instruments, devices and sutures. Therefore they also learned everything about the different sutures and the function of different kind of needles.

The subject of day four was to learn how to make a sterile field in the operation theatre and the participants draped each other in a workshop with sterilized cotton drapes. They also learned how to protect themselves against blood and radiation. The last lecture of this week was about general and local anaesthesia. It’s important that a scrub nurse can assist the anaesthesiologist. After two weeks of hard work by highly motivated students, it was no surprise that they all did very well during the exam.

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