The Operating Theatre Protocol Workshop educates medical company representatives with the ADHB OR&A Guidelines (Section 2d) ‘Visitors to the Operating Suite’ for medical company representatives conducting business within the operating theatre environment.
What topics are covered in this workshop?
This workshop provides theoretical and practical training about the operating room suite environment.
Who should participate?
Medical company representatives who request entry to the operating theatre suite environment should attend this training.
There will be pre-workshop reading of approximately 2 hours.
At the workshop students will complete a short quiz. Upon completion a Certificate of Attendance will be issued. A register of certified Medical Company Representatives is held by ADHB.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the perioperative environment, as they will be required to change into perioperative attire before entering the operating theatre (jewellery is not to be worn at this course).
Operating Room Environment
Students will become familiar with the situation and function of fittings and fixtures of the operating room perimeter including:
- Essential / non essential power
- Ventilation systems
- Air pressure control in the OR
- Gas supply source
Fixtures in the operating room including:
- Operating table, Operating light, Anaesthetic machine
Obtain an understanding of the placement of sterile trolleys and other equipment eg. Suction and diathermy during surgery.
Operating Room Process, Scheduling, Environment and or Clean and dirty 'flow'
Students will understand the concepts of:
- Operating Room allocation and staff rostering to cater for a 24 hour acute surgical service and for routine surgery.
- Concepts of the PIMs system
- Layout of the OR floor
- Corridor utilization
- Specific decontamination areas
- Sterile storage areas
The participant will also understand the pathway of a patient’s admission into the operating suite, into the operating room, recover and through to that patient’s discharge from the operating suite.
Protective Measures Taken for Patients, Staff and Visitors
Students will understand the concept and impact of nosocomial infection on:
- The patient, the hospital and the staff
The participant will understand the various methods taken in the OR to prevent infection and how and when these measures are applied:
- Gloves, Gowns, Hat, overshoes, Goggles, X-ray gowns
Students will also learn:
- Hand washing techniques
- Gowning and gloving
Scenario - The student will take the role of a visitor to the Operating room during routine surgery
The scenario : A patient will be anaesthetized, surgery for an abdominal operation commences.
- Observe the induction of the patient. The ‘anaesthetist’ will explain induction and intubation procedures.
- Observe the surgical set-up in the preparation and commencement of a surgical procedure. The participant will recognize the ‘sterile field’.
- Observe the interaction between the staff members and understand the sequence of events during a surgical procedure.
- Gain understanding of each staff member’s role and responsibility to the patient and to other team members.
- Gain understanding of appropriate behavior of the visitor.