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WSV18-0285
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE (LECTURES GIVEN IN MANDARIN CHINESE)
AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO OSTEOARTHRITIS: THINKING BEYOND NSAIDS
R. Koh1
1Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, USA
2Veterinary Medical Center, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, USA
Your Singapore, the Tropical Garden City
WSV18-0191
NURSES (HILLS)
INSTRUMENT CARE TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
T. Mothershaw1, S. Crampton1, M. O’Leary1, C. Harvey-Ste- venson1
1Provet, AIRC, Brisbane, Australia
INSTRUMENT CARE TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Mik O’Leary BVSc, Carole Harvey-Stevenson
VN, VTS (ECC), DIP ECC, CERT IV WPA, TAYLOR MOTHERSHAW, CERTIFICATE IV IN VETERINARY NURSING
Brisbane, Australia, tmothershaw@provet.com.au
Handling and Care of Instruments
Modern surgical instruments are made of stainless steel, an alloy of iron, chromium and carbon. The inclusion of chromium increases the resistance to corrosion. With proper care and attention, surgical instruments will last for years.
In larger veterinary hospitals it may be necessary to have a number of general surgical packs, with additional specialized instruments packed separately. A card
index system, outlining the equipment needed for
each procedure facilitates efficient preparation prior to surgery. Coloured tape may be used for identification of instruments from within the same set to allow for easy repackaging however, this must be used with caution as it provides a useful “hiding place” for bacteria.
Care
-Instruments should only be used for the purpose for which they were designed. Allis tissue forceps should not be used as bone holders and Metzenbaum scissors should not be used for cutting sutures!
-Instruments should always be placed on surfaces, not dropped or thrown.
-Heavy items should not be placed on top of, or adjacent to delicate equipment.
-Instruments with cutting blades should be protected to avoid dulling of the edges.
-Protective sheaths should be left in place until the instrument is ready for use.
-During surgery, the scrubbed nurse (if utilising this role) should ensure that the instruments are kept free of blood and debris by wiping with a sterile moistened swab after each use.
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