What to do when “scrubbed in”
In the second of a two part series, these tips will help you make the most of scrubbing in to theatre
In part one of this guide, we introduced you to the surgical theatre floor, focusing upon orientation, etiquette, and the skills needed for the surgical hand scrub, gowning, and gloving. This section gives you an insight into what is expected of you now that you are “scrubbed in,” and includes a step by step tutorial on tying the basic surgical knot.
When you are scrubbed in and are wearing a gown and gloves, it is crucial not to touch anything non-sterile. Keep your hands visible between your shoulders and waist. It is common practice to rest them on the surgical table if you are standing right next to it. Do not fold your hands under your arms, and take particular care not to touch your face or the facemask, because these are both non-sterile areas. A consultant cardiothoracic surgeon once said to me, “The most difficult thing if scrubbed for