Reflection: Anaesthetic And Surgery In The General Theatre

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My reflection focuses on the role I took as an ODP student at the pre-operative checks on admission unit, anaesthetic and surgery in the general theatre. For purposes of completing this assignment, I will refer to the patient that journeyed to the theatre for lobectomy thorascospic (a surgical procedureto remove one of the lobes of the lungs to check for any disease) operations as Mrs. A for the purpose of confidentiality. The reflection is presented based on Gibb 's Reflective Cycle (Gibbs, 1988). The reflective cycle comprises of five stages and these include the description, the feelings, the evaluation, conclusions, and the action. Under the description, the paper will focus on information as it relates to my experience as a student …show more content…
Pressure area care was one of the priorities, so we used special pressure relieving equipment like the gel pads, Inco pads, and gam gees in areas that are vulnerable to pressure ulcers such as the ankles, the bottom and shoulders to ensure patient comfort during the operation. Patient was strapped to avoid her from falling from the operating bed. Mal-positioning of the patient has important implications in terms of associated problems of pressure sores, nerve compressions, deep vein thrombosis and compartment syndrome, and should be avoided (Adedeji et al., 2010).Mrs A was covered with blanket so as to protect her dignity throughout her …show more content…
I feel that this is an experience that every student in healthcare should go through. One of the most important observations that I made concerns the various procedures of preventing infections in the operating room. The prevention majorly focuses on the patient, especially when considered the patient has open sounds during the operating process. At times, the practitioners tend to forget the importance of cleaning their hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based cleaners when interacting with the environment (Scott, Earl, Leaper, Massey, Mewburn, Williams, 1999). Notably, the assumption that the practitioner does not need to clean hands simply because they have gloves is misplaced, and it is often overlooked (Weber, Anderson, &Rutala, 2013; Karki& Cheng, 201)). I had the chance to enforce the need to clean hands during the entire

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