Operating room procedures/meds?

Specialties Operating Room


Are there a list of commonly used medications or procedures done that I can look into to help prepare for my OR interview?


Just wanted to bump this because I would love to know too!

Specializes in OR.

This is all going to vary on what type of OR your interviewing at whether it is a small community hospital or a university hospital, trauma center. We have med bags that have commonly used drugs for specific teams (ent, plastic, neuro, liver,.....). Then we grab any other drugs that aren't carried in those bags from our pharmacy.

This would be good to know for me to because I have a interview coming up on July 25th.

I had one test that asked me knowledge of common anesthesia meds, although OR nurses don't routinely administer these meds you must know what effect they have on your patient.

Specializes in Pediatric and Adult OR.

Is it an adult or pediatric hospital? Small, large, trauma? That stuff is important to know.

Totally depends what kind of hospital you are in.

The meds I use most often are:

Marcaine (with and without epi)

Lidocaine (with and without epi)






Various antibiotic irrigants



Some other steroids that I am going blank on

This is for ortho, spine, podiatry, plastics

I work in a smaller community hospital and do mostly general, GYN, and ortho cases.

The drugs I see most are:

Marcaine (0.25% or 0.5%), Marcaine with epi, Ropivicaine, Lidocaine (1% or 2%), Lidocaine with epi, Bacitracin, Depomedrol, Thrombin, Vancomycin.

Some of the local anesthetics are often mixed. For example, a podiatrist I often work with regularly uses a 1:1 mix of 1% lidocaine with 0.5% ropivicaine. Today, an otho surgeon used 1 ml depomedrol mixed in 0.25% marcaine for injection at the end of the procedure. Some surgeons put bacitracin into their irrigation fluids, it's a matter of surgeon preference where I work.

While anesthesia always administers the pre-incision antibiotic, I make sure I'm familiar with them. Ancef is the most widely used in my hospital; however, it can't be used in patients with a penicillin allergy. Clindamycin is often used in these cases. You'll also become familiar with other items given by anesthesia like propofol, versed, succinylcholine, and pain medications like toradol and morphine. I know some places qualify their OR nurses to do moderate sedation, so you might need to know about the drugs involved there. I don't do that, but thought I'd mention it.

are medications often asked at an OR interview?

Please read up on common anesthesia meds propofol,versed, atropine, and the term MAC anesthesia your patient will be awake.

Can someone tell me what general anesthesia with #3 LMA means?

And what is CEVO?

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