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Why do doctors have items handed to them during surgery?

Why do doctors have items handed to them during surgery?

Wouldn't it be faster to pick up the items themselves?

Working in a theatre room alongside a surgeon is a rewarding and blessed aspect of my career. Every single person in the room serves an important purpose, no matter how big or small it may seem to the eyes of a non-professional.

Having assistants positioned to the left and right of a surgeon is integral. The surgeon's responsibility is to keep you alive, whilst limiting the damage acquired. It's a huge burden to hold! As the surgeon, the focus of incision acts as the eyes' central vision, whilst the assistants act as their peripheral.

From the moment the surgeon makes the first cut, to the final stitch, plentiful gauze and cotton tissue are placed inside the incision to minimise blood loss. Equipment existing in different shapes and sizes, are placed side-by-side in an organised manner. Every material entering and leaving the incision is marked on a whiteboard. If at all a single piece of cotton is left inside the wound, that may as well be the end of the surgeon's career.

Point is, without the surgeon's assistants, there would be a disorganised station which the surgeon could not access freely under pressure, there'd be clutter everywhere, and more importantly, a law suit on your table.

One mistake is the difference between life and death. That mistake could be as simple as picking up the wrong scalpal.

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