A Day in the Life of a Surge Tech-5 Part Series

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A Day in the Life of a Surge Tech-5 Part Series
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On August 08, 2017
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Part 1 of 5

“Okay, so let’s start with the basics. What is the first thing you want to know when setting up your OR?” Leslie looked at her student who was nervously trying to answer but stammering instead. “It’s ok honey. I know you are nervous, but you have been training for this for a while, so, you know the answer” she said with a slight smile. “What do you think you need to ask before even beginning to think about setting up your tray?” Leslie prodded. Ashley stared at her with confidence in her eyes and boldly stated, “You need to know if the doctor is left-handed or right-handed.”
“You are so right!” Leslie exclaimed with pride. “You have to know if your doctor is left-handed or right-handed because they will expect it to be set to their preference. So for Dr. Lewis, you will want to set up right-handed.”
Ashley breathed a sigh of relief. This was her first full week with her preceptor at the hospital, and like any student she was still a little nervous. But she was beginning to feel more comfortable in her new setting. Leslie, her surgical tech preceptor was slender and tall. She seemingly moved about the hallways as if floating over the floor and she had this calming tone that soothed the operating room when she spoke. Having her as an instructor made everything seem so much easier. But, when Leslie was in the OR – she was all business. There was no room for mistakes. Linda made sure that everything was perfect and she expected the same from her students. “But this is so new,” Ashley thought to herself. “How can I ever be as good as her? She seems to know what the doctor wants even before the doctor himself! It would take years to get to that point!” Ashley thought about day that was ahead and started to get worried. She had never been in an actual operating room before and this was going to be life changing. The question now was, how prepared was she to actually be of any use?

Part 2 of 5

Scrubbing up was fun. Though it was something she had practiced countless times in class, she had never done it for real. “Wow!” she thought, “I’m actually going to assist in a real surgery! This is going to be amazing.” Ashley counted the number of scrubs each time on the four planes of her fingers. “I sure hope I don’t forget anything,” she said to herself. “Scrub the fingers, scrub the fingernails, scrub the arms.” Finishing her counts, Ashley made her way to the gowning table. She slowly lifted a folded gown and raised her arms to slide into it, careful not to touch anything. Next, she worked her hands through the gown sleeve and brought it over her gown sleeve cuff. “Whew!” she thought. “It’s so much more intense when you’re scrubbing for a real surgery.” Feeling satisfied that she had been careful not to contaminate anything, Ashley looked for Leslie.
“OK Leslie, what’s next?” Leslie was busily looking over the schedule for the day and determining what they would need in the OR. Leslie turned to Ashley and said, “Today we have a very serious case. We have a small child who will be receiving a new kidney. It’s going to be a long surgery and a very delicate procedure, but one that will save this child’s life.” Ashley suddenly stopped breathing. “A child? Oh my goodness! This is going to be more than I expected on my first day. Now I’m really nervous!”

Part 3 of 5

“Okay, so let’s start with the basics. What is the first thing you want to know when setting up your OR?” Leslie looked at her student who was nervously trying to answer, but stammering instead. “It’s ok honey. I know you are nervous, but you have been training for this for a while, so, you know the answer” she said with a slight smile. “What do you think you need to ask before even beginning to think about setting up your tray?” Leslie prodded. Ashley stared at her with confidence in her eyes and boldly stated, “You need to know if the doctor is left-handed or right-handed.”
“You are so right!” Leslie exclaimed with pride. “You have to know if your doctor is left-handed or right-handed because they will expect it to be set to their preference. So for Dr. Lewis, you will want to set up right-handed.”
Ashley breathed a sigh of relief. This was her first full week with her preceptor at the hospital, and like any student, she was still a little nervous. But she was beginning to feel more comfortable in her new setting. Leslie, her surgical tech preceptor was slender and tall. She seemingly moved about the hallways as if floating over the floor, and she had this calming tone that soothed the operating room when she spoke. Having her as an instructor made everything seem so much easier. But, when Leslie was in the OR – she was all business. There was no room for mistakes. Linda made sure that everything was perfect and she expected the same from her students. “But this is so new,” Ashley thought to herself. “How can I ever be as good as her? She seems to know what the doctor wants even before the doctor himself! It would take years to get to that point!” Ashley thought about the day that was ahead and started to get worried. She had never been in an actual operating room before and this was going to be life-changing. The question now was, how prepared was she to actually be of any use?
To be continued.....

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