The Surgical Suite in a Veterinary Hospital

The Surgical Suite in a Veterinary Hospital
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson will go over the basics of the surgery suite in veterinary medicine. What it is, what personnel may be found there, and what equipment is commonly seen.

The Surgical Suite

You know how a nice suite in a hotel room is more than just a dark room with a bed and a microwave? There's a living room area, a kitchen, a bedroom, and, of course, probably a nice tub. In a hospital, the surgical suite is more than just one room, too.

The surgical suite is one or more operating rooms and its adjoining facilities, such as the recovery room and scrub room. The recovery room is a room or area of the hospital where patients recover from surgery prior to being transported elsewhere in the hospital.

The scrub room is a room or area in the hospital where medical personnel use microbe-killing soap and disposable brushes and nail picks to thoroughly wash and scrub their hands and forearms prior to performing or assisting in a surgical procedure. This is done in order to improve the sterility of the operating room and thus reduce the risk of a nosocomial infection, an infection acquired in the hospital.

Who You'll Find in a Surgical Suite

The people you'll find in the surgical suite vary from practice to practice. A small local clinic will have a general practitioner with a veterinary assistant or veterinary technician helping out whenever necessary.

A large veterinary hospital may have more than one board-certified surgeon. It will also have people so boring they even put animals into a daze, the anesthesiologists. And, of course, there will be the anesthesia techs and surgery techs helping their colleagues out. In teaching hospitals, you'll be sure to spot medical students, interns, and residents, as well.

Surgical Suite Procedures

And, as these folks do their job, the last thing you need to hear during surgery is: 'Everybody stand back! I just lost my Rolex somewhere inside there!' So, each hospital and clinic may have slightly different procedures that help make the surgical suite a clean, safe, and effective area. And it will be very important that you are thoroughly familiar with the procedures your hospital has outlined for the surgical suite.

Some rules you may encounter include:

  • Always wear a pair of clean scrubs reserved solely for use in the surgical suite.
  • Never step over the designated line without wearing a face mask, surgical cap, and surgical shoe covers (aka booties).
  • Never enter an operating room without proper attire. Depending on your role, you may need everything from sterile gloves to a surgical gown.
  • And, of course, never wear any kind of jewelry. Rolexes are no exception.

Surgical Suite Equipment

In the surgical suite, you'll find just as many pieces of equipment and instruments as you will procedures, protocols, and personnel.

Here are some of the more common ones:

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