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Roumi Ghosh, Soumen Das, Harish Kela, Asmita De, Jayeeta Haldar, Prasanta Kumar Maiti
INTRODUCTION: Rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are hazardous cause of post-operative soft tissue infection leading to nosocomial outbreaks following various surgical procedures, especially laparoscopic surgeries using heat sensitive, non-autoclavable surgical instruments. METHODOLOGY: Surgery department of our hospital noticed increase in rate of post-laparoscopic abdominal port site infection (PSI) and informed the Microbiology Department. A prospective investigational study of defined cases with the aim of source tracing and formulation of infection control measures was initiated...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Christian Heath, Paul Luff, Marcus Sanchez-Svensson, Maxim Nicholls
Surgical procedures rely upon an array of commonplace tools, implements and materials that mediate practice and disciplinary collaboration within the operating theatre. Substantial time is dedicated to the issue and provision of these artefacts and their timely exchange is critical to the successful accomplishment of surgical procedures. In this article, we consider the practice, knowledge and agency that informs how particular implements and materials are passed by the scrub nurse to the surgeon that in turn enables their deployment with regard to the particular procedure and the contingencies 'at hand'...
July 14, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
Susan Jane Hall, Simon T Williams
Female urologists represent an ever-increasing percentage of the work force; more and more of our colleagues will be working through pregnancy. There is a lack of clear and concise advice for pregnant urologists about occupational risks during pregnancy. Urology exposes expectant mothers to potential risks from radiation, teratogenic and cytotoxic drugs, iodine hand scrub, infections, and long working hours. We aim to provide a review of the current evidence and guidance to aid expectant mothers in their decision making...
June 5, 2017: BJU International
James Knight, Lauren Stroud, Thomas Geyton, Anthony Stead, Hannah R Cock
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate undergraduate medical student perceptions as to the value of different types of neurosurgical teaching to their general neuroscience education, delivered in the penultimate year of a U.K medical school. METHODS: We surveyed penultimate-year medical students at St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London (SGUL), who were undertaking their clinical neuroscience attachment from August 2014 to July 2015. A questionnaire comprising closed Likert scale questions and an open question inviting participants to comment freely was used to assess student perception about the value of Neurosurgical sessions within their overall neuroscience education...
May 31, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Selina Graham, Mark Dahill, Derek Robinson
The Royal United Hospital, Bath, admits approximately 550 patients with neck of femur fractures per year. The risks from returning to theatre for this patient group are often life-threatening. Post-operative wound ooze was noted to cause a significant rate of return to theatre, with increased lengths of stay and patient morbidity. A wound closure protocol was agreed by the consultant body. This information was disseminated by email and teaching sessions to all members of the multidisciplinary team, including surgeons, theatre staff and ortho-geriatricians...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Maria A Staniszewska, Renata Kopeć, Maciej Budzanowski, Edyta Owsiak
BACKGROUND: Extended control of staff exposure in interventional radiology has been legally required over the last few years. This is determined by a number of factors, including the type of procedure, technical conditions and methodology. In orthopedic procedures fluoroscopy is used to control surgical reconstructions. An influence of particular factors on the registered values of doses received by the members of medical team performing osteosynthesis for limb fractures is presented in this paper...
February 28, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
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A Christian midwife who claimed she was banned from wearing scrub dresses in theatre has lost her claim for £7,000 compensation.
August 10, 2011: Nursing Standard
Michelle Gracia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2016: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Jeff Bezemer, Terhi Korkiakangas, Sharon-Marie Weldon, Gunther Kress, Roger Kneebone
AIM: To explore the unsettling effects of increased mobility of nurses, surgeons and other healthcare professionals on communication and learning in the operating theatre. BACKGROUND: Increasingly, healthcare professionals step in and out of newly formed transient teams and work with colleagues they have not met before, unsettling previously relatively stable team work based on shared, local knowledge accumulated over significant periods of close collaboration. DESIGN: An ethnographic case study was conducted of the operating theatre department of a major teaching hospital in London...
February 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Georgina J Williams, Marios Nicolaou, Thanos Athanasiou, David Coleman
INTRODUCTION: Suture needle handling methods vary extensively between units. Securing the needle tip by locking it against the shaft of the needle holder prior to transfer (protected method) has been suggested to improve safety, although this is not evidence based. Some teams prefer to transfer the needle mounted perpendicularly to the needle holders with the tip exposed (unprotected method). We investigated scrub nurses' preferred method of needle transfer, and noted the safety of each by investigating their experience of needlestick injuries (NSIs)...
April 2016: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
Martine Siflova, Edward M Kiely, Lewis Spitz
The theatre staff would have been made aware of the special requirements for the operation at the planning meetings. Two sets of scrubs nurses will be required but only one set will be needed for the actual separation. The second set of scrub nurses will be needed only when both twins have survived the separation and the second twin is moved to another operating room for closure of the wound.
October 2015: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Hubert Murray
This article discusses the concept of conscientious objection in relation to surgical terminations of pregnancy. It explores a scrub nurse's duty of care not only to the patient but to themselves. It highlights the importance of being self-aware of one's moral and emotional attitude towards abortions in theatre. Doing so enables the nurse/ODP to practice professionally and autonomously, and to deliver the highest level of perioperative care whilst respecting their personal rights.
March 2015: ORNAC Journal
Karen Turton
A current review of the last thirty years is indicative of improvement in outcome across surgical specialities with the implementation of safer working practices and initiatives in enhanced recovery, preparing patients to be 'fit' for surgery. The focus of training for nurses and operating department practitioners lies with assuring technical competence and the drive is to establish best practice based on evidence. Once qualified, training for professionals within the perioperative environment is developed to enable participation in areas of anaesthesia, surgery and recovery roles...
October 2014: Journal of Perioperative Practice
Jonathan Wright, Steven Kahane, Abdul Moeed, Andrew MacDowell
Tip-apex distance is a well described method for assessment of screw placement in dynamic hip screw fixation of proximal femoral fracture. A distance of <25mm is associated with a significantly lower rate of cut out of the fixation device. Measurement is frequently performed retrospectively, although there has been no demonstration as to what accuracy the surgeon has of estimating tip-apex distance from image intensifier images, whilst scrubbed in theatre. Thirty-one clinicians working within orthopaedic departments were tested in their ability to identify adequacy of tip-apex distance on a series of image intensifier images...
July 2015: Injury
Minija Joseph, Rodolfo Relano
The operating theatre department is a high risk area and the expectations from the surgical teams are very high in terms of delivering safe and good quality patient care. As healthcare practitioners working in this complex environment we are the guardians of our patients and are their eyes and ears. Scrub practitioners need to be focused, alert and vigilant during all surgical procedures and avoid complacency. As this incident account shows, never take anything for granted.
September 2014: Journal of Perioperative Practice
Ahmed Ezzat, Muhammad Muneeb Safdar, Irfan Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infections have an incidence as high as 10%. To reduce this, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends guidelines for surgical scrubbing. AIMS: We assessed adherence of surgical staff scrub practice before gowning to current WHO recommendations. METHODS: A prospective study conducted in operation theatres in a university hospital. Participants comprised of consultant surgeons, trainees and scrub nurses. Variables included staff grade, scrub order, length of scrub time and appropriate dress code...
November 2014: Scottish Medical Journal
J D Howard, C Jowett, J Faoagali, B McKenzie
BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that rubbing hands with an alcohol/chlorhexidine solution provides equivalent microbial decontamination to a conventional surgical scrub using aqueous chlorhexidine. However, the authors believe that these studies have methodological flaws that limit their applicability to the operating theatre environment. As such, a method was developed to compare products in an everyday operating theatre environment using working operating theatre personnel. AIM: To determine whether or not an alcohol/chlorhexidine rub is as efficacious as a traditional surgical scrub using a novel method...
October 2014: Journal of Hospital Infection
H Murray
This article discusses the concept of conscientious objection in relation to surgical terminations of pregnancy. It explores a scrub nurse's duty of care not only to the patient but to themselves. It highlights the importance of being self-aware of one's moral and emotional attitude towards abortions in theatre. Doing so enables the nurse/ODP to practice professionally and autonomously, and to deliver the highest level of perioperative care whilst respecting their personal rights.
June 2014: Journal of Perioperative Practice
Yvonne Smith, Linda Burke
This article presents the results of an audit of swab and instrument count practices in the operating department of a large hospital NHS Trust in South East England. A literature review of the subject is presented followed by the methodology used including questionnaires and observation of practice. Findings are discussed in terms of compliance with the department's swab and instrument count policy and observed practice mapped against the recommendations for best practice in the literature. The findings show that audit of practice is still treated with suspicion by many and that a number of practices of scrub and circulating personnel in operating theatres need to be improved...
June 12, 2014: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
H I Hee, S Lee, S N Chia, Q S Lu, A P Q Liew, A Ng
In this study, we aimed to evaluate the bacterial contamination of surgical scrub suits worn outside the operating theatre. We randomised 16 anaesthetists on separate occasions into one of 3 groups: restricted to the operating theatre only; theatre and surgical wards; and theatre and departmental office. For each group, sample fabric pieces attached to the chest, waist and hip areas of each suit were removed at 150 min intervals between 08:30 and 16:00 on the day of study, and sent for microbiological assessment...
August 2014: Anaesthesia
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