Role of the Theatre Nurse

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About the course

This day will discuss the varied roles of the theatre nurse, from admitting the surgical patient through to post-operative care.    We will also cover theatre management, including infection control and hygiene standards.  The day will be adaptable to provide time for discussion and case based scenarios depending on the needs of the audience. Delegates are encouraged to bring questions and situations they find challenging to discuss, and hopefully provide some options to try back in practice.
Specific areas to be covered

  • Admitting the surgical patient
  • Safety checklist
  • Efficient patient lists
  • Preparation of the patient
  • Care of patient during surgery
  • Assistance during surgery – scrubbing in
  • Post operative care
  • Theatre design – equipment and utilising space
  • Hygiene and infection control
  • Management of infectious patients in theatre
  • The role of the nursing team in theatre management
  • Overview of sterilisation methods

Alison Young DipAVN(Surgical) VTS(Surgery) RVN
Head Theatre Nurse, Royal Veterinary College


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