Ten tasks in theatre
Allan B Lee and Kelvin K Lim list 10 tasks a junior doctor gets to do in theatre-in order of complexity
- By: Allan B Lee, Kelvin K Lim
Scrub-The first difference you will notice as a junior doctor on a surgical rotation is that you can scrub for most procedures because you are a part of the team. When the operating theatre is full you can smile smugly at the unscrubbed students standing around the periphery. Be sure to scrub well, and be in theatre gowned and gloved before your boss.
Hand over instruments-It takes a lot of practice to hand instruments from the scrub nurse to the surgeon or the other way. Speed and optimising the angle with which you pass the instrument so that it fits the surgeon's hand perfectly, not dropping it are the main challenges in this often underestimated task. And if you can anticipate the surgeon's next move, you can have ready what he or she needs, which is essential to get into their good books. Do not even think of touching the