A guide to “scrubbing in”
In the first of a two part series, these tips will take you from the staff room to gloving up
The first day on the surgical floor can be very intimidating: new strict rules, different clothing, and a maze of corridors can make medical students hesitant about their placement. This first part of a two part guide to “scrubbing in” aims to give you greater insight into the surgical floor and to set the scene in theatre, so you can enjoy and learn from the exciting atmosphere around you.
You need to be aware of many individuals on the surgical floor (fig 1).1 You might initially find it difficult to tell various team members apart by appearance alone because they will all be dressed in identical scrubs.
The theatre manager has the overall responsibility for the surgical floor. Introducing yourself to the theatre manager and explaining why you are there will improve your chances of getting involved with theatre activities right from the start.
The members of the surgical