My First OR Experience
Yesterday I had the privilege to stand in on a procedure in the local hospital’s OR. It was a great learning experience, not in a medical knowledge sense, but definitely in a medical etiquette sense.
Things to remember in the OR:
1. Don’t touch the blue stuff…ever…no matter how shiny it might be!
2. Always ask where to stand. No, at the surgeon’s side is not usually best.
3. You will be amazed at the amount of gauze and covers used to keep the patient as sterile as possible. And yeah, it all gets thrown away afterward. Surgery is not for the “tree hugger” types. 😛
4. Things will get messy sometimes. (More gruesome details to come possibly in a later post!)
5. People look funny inside. Not at all like Gray’s Anatomy text shows it. There’s bumps and wierd thingys hanging oddly. (I’m sure the Doc knows all about it though. Resist the urge to shout that you see something odd and send the OR team into a slight panic. :P)
6. The OR is nothing like on TV. The lights are all on(no one works in the dark with only the operating lights on) and there are not always fancy monitors everywhere.
Remember: DON’T PANIC!
Be polite and respect the fact that you’re being allowed to observe something that many will never get a chance to watch first hand. Try to ask some semi-intelligent questions after the procedure is done if you get the chance. You might find you click with the doctor and get invited to another procedure. Overall I gotta say “It’s an AWESOME experience!” I can only hope to see some more soon.