Surgical instruments that are of poor quality or improperly maintained can fail during procedures, an alarming occurrence that jeopardizes outcomes...
There are nurses, and then there are operating room nurses, those masked crusaders infused with a special blend of smarts, savvy and strength to stand up for patients and to stand up to surgeons. Surgical nurses are a breed apart. I can pick one out of a crowd. In case there were ever a doubt, here are sure signs you’re an OR nurse.
- There are 2 pens and a pair of bandage scissors in the pocket of whatever you’re wearing.
- There’s a box of disposable gloves and masks in your car console, and an airway pocket face mask in the glove compartment.
- You wear gloves to change your baby granddaughter’s diapers. You Purell even before you glove up and after you glove down. Then you have a panic attack while trying to resist doing a 3-minute scrub.