MEDSource, Inc. Newsletter September 2017
September 2017 – Having the right equipment that most closely replicates the OR environment can be tricky for bioskills lab facilities. There are so many different types of procedures that can be taught in a lab it can be daunting, difficult, and expensive to have everything that might be needed for arthroscopy, laparoscopy, foot & ankle, hand, spine, craniomaxillofacial, plastics and ENT, to mention a few. What’s a lab owner or manager to do?
Focusing on the most essential item – the table – can help. In a lab world where a variety of table options are available, from sawhorse and plywood, to fixed height or adjustable height treatment tables, to twin pedestal or single pedestal tables, there’s nothing better than an actual ‘general purpose operating room table’ – the basis of all hospital and ambulatory surgery centers throughout the world. It’s often said, “Proper patient positioning will insure the best post operative outcome.”
Replicating proper patient positioning with cadaver specimen as another teaching tool will add to the overall success of the bioskills labs for the surgeons, sales reps and surgical staff. While many table options might work, if whole-body or heavier weight specimens are being utilized, the training lab may need to have one or two actual OR tables available. While an OR table is the “Cadillac” of tables, it may not be practical or affordable in all labs. MEDSource offers a number of options for mimicking the positions available on an OR table:
Regardless of the procedure, a bioskills training event should mimic the operating room as much as possible. If the surgeon uses a Bovie, smoke evacuator, suction, battery powered or electric console drills, headlights, ancillary surgical instruments or anything else for live surgery, the bioskills lab should have these tools available for the event. The single piece of equipment common to all surgical procedures is the operating room table. Nothing is more important!
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