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Watch Out Operating Room!

Aug 17, 2007
When you visit an operating room , you find only sterilized equipment. All the personnel involved in the operating must wear sterile protective wear.

Some of the equipment involved by the surgical team consists of :

1. Eye shields

2. Masks

3. Shoe covers

4. Hair covers

5. Protective gowns to protect their clothing , and to prevent spreading of possible germs to patients during surgical procedures.

The operating room consists of an operating table , which the patient is placed on and secured for surgery.

There are various other monitoring that is used:

The anesthesia uses monitoring equipment. This equipment is located at the head of the surgical table. During surgery , the anesthesiologist has the job of administering sedation or anesthesia medications.

The surgical area is cleaned and sterilized ; then a surgical drape is placed over it or around the area depending on the part of body .

The operating room has sterilized surgical tools for internal and external use. Once the surgery is underway smaller sterilized tools for internal usage.

Other equipment found in the operating room consists of:

1. Emergency resuscitative equipment is available for reviving a patient. This is found on the crash cart. It contains a defibrillator ; airway passage tubing; and the resuscitation gear such as the mask or bag. A medication box on the cart has any necessary medicines that may be needed in the event of an emergency.

2. Cardiac equipment is used to monitor the patient's heart. The intra aortic pump helps in reducing the workload on the heart during surgery. This balloon is found on the end of a catheter that is attached to the console the pump. This is how the pressure , and heart rate is monitored. An electrocardiogram helps in timing the inflation and deflation of the balloon. This equipment is often used on organ transplant , myocardial , and unstable angina patients.

3. Respiratory equipment such as oxygen is used during surgery to keep the proper flow of oxygen to a patient. A microprocessor helps in regulating the amount of volume pressure and the flow of air to a patient.

4. Infusion pumps are used for intravenous medicines or fluids. These pumps are designed to employ automatic. The infusion pump can supply anesthesia, drugs , fluids or blood to patients.

There are many pieces of equipment found in an operating room and other areas of a hospital. They are provided to save the lives of patients. No one likes a needle but sometimes that is one of the life saving options a patient has to encounter.
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