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by akor akor (Member)

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to know of all you OR nurses who are reading this who have docs demanding that the circulating nurse position the overhead lighting. I worked in the states 20 years ago and don't ever remember doctors asking or YELLING at times for the light. I am working in Italy in a 7 OR suite facility with general, thoracic, cardiac and trauma surgery. It's a pretty up to date hospital. They all demand that the circulating nurse position the light even though there is a sterile handle on the light. Sometimes there is a nice resident who will position for us. Quite frankly i find it ridiculous....

thanksfor you replies!!!!

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TracyB,RN is a RN and specializes in jack of all trades, master of none.

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Only time we have to position is when the light itself is being fussy & drifts or gets "stuck" & we will adjust then... other than that, docs do it themselves.

Seriously, we're not in the right spot to properly position for their line of vision anyway.

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We don't postion lights for the MD's at our facility. Reaching over the sterile field is a big no-no.

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Thanks for the replies. At first arrival, they had these flimsy plastic stools to stand on to see the surgery and to position the light. However, if you fell off and hurt yourself which i heard had happened, you are not covered for your injury because the stool was not in regulation (crazy). Now, they have hefty metal step stools in the OR. These OR lights have a handle bar around half of the perimeter so you don't have to reach into the sterile field and it has a red laser beam so you can see if you are in the right spot......

ciao for now.....

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Thanks for the replies. At first arrival, they had these flimsy plastic stools to stand on to see the surgery and to position the light. However, if you fell off and hurt yourself which i heard had happened, you are not covered for your injury because the stool was not in regulation (crazy). Now, they have hefty metal step stools in the OR. These OR lights have a handle bar around half of the perimeter so you don't have to reach into the sterile field and it has a red laser beam so you can see if you are in the right spot......

ciao for now.....

Still sounds like a big macho trip to me....... what is wrong with their hands...?? the stool may be great now and almost every OR light I have ever seen has the "bar" on it........ don't you have to get really close to the surgeon when doing this? ever touched their gown sleeve and not known it? not a good thing to be doing

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I've never had a surgeon request that I position the light. They generally prefer to do it themselves so that they get it where they truly want it to be. That seems like a power issue to me.

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