[FONT="Fixedsys"]Do you have patient interaction before and after the surgery? Like put in IV lines before? We meet, interview and do a focused assessment of the pt. Answer questions and reassure. Sometimes I put in IVs, sometimes the CRNA/MDA does it. Either of us might start antibiotics, IV h2 inhibitors, etc. All other drugs they give exclusively
[FONT="Fixedsys"]Who preps the patient (shave, scrub, position, draping)? The circulator or the scrub/ST? Circulator shaves and scrubs
the site, Circ, CRNA/MDA, and soemtimes surgeon or PA/RNFA positon as a team, Scrub person drapes ith or ithout help of surgeon/assistant.
[FONT="Fixedsys"]Do you help with restocking and pack preparation? restocking, yes. Very little to do with packing except replacing some hardware in sets. We also flash our own sets if we need to reuse them.
[FONT="Fixedsys"]Who cleans the theatre afterwards, is there housekeeping or is it the OR staff? Housekeeping... unless I'm really pushing for a fast turnover
[FONT="Fixedsys"]What about after? Do you play any role in recovery, applying bandages, giving meds, etc, or are all your duties in the OR only?? Circ applies bandages and assists CRNA/MDA with extubation and immediate recovery before handing off to PACU
[FONT="Fixedsys"]What exactly is involved in circulating? I know charting and monitoring the patients vitals. And if the surgeon needs something not there, the circ runs and gets it, right? What else is involved? I know it is very demanding and challenging and would love to hear more in-depth about the roles in the OR. If anyone wants to give a summary of a typical day, that would be great! Thanks!! You're right about the running! We only monitor and chart vitals on local or conscious sedation cases without a CRNA/MDA. Lots of charting. We also hook up and run equipment- cautery, insufflation, suction, irrigators, power injectors. Also assist CRNA with hanging blood, labs, emergencies...