Making A Career At The Surgical Field

1240 WordsOct 9, 20155 Pages
The likely hood of me pursuing a career in the surgical field was pretty high. I enjoyed the education I received about surgical procedures when I attended dental school. I acquired a yearning for the inter-workings of the human body. Dental school was, I felt, a step in the proper direction of development. However, upon entering the operating room at the hospital, I was overtaken with a sensation of fear. I was not the one receiving an operation of any sort, but my body reacted as if it were myself going under the knife. Working at a small…show more content…
The second wash is called a flora wash and minimizes microbial germs from the skin. Each hygiene session lasted no less than five minutes: thirty seconds focusing on the fingernails, one and a half minutes on the palm of the hand, and thirty seconds cleansing the forearm and two inches above the elbow. This was to be repeated on the opposite hand for exact amount of time. Although I would not be handling any surgical materials, I was expected to wash with everyone else as if I would be participating in the surgery myself. After washing, we held our hands up just as one would see on television and open the door with our backsides and dried our hands using sterile towels in an aseptic technique. A few of the staff members who already scrubbed up were in the room waiting on us; these individuals are known as circulators. They assist in donning gowns and gloves properly. After they assist the surgical staff they dismiss themselves, as to not create a congested environment. The smell of the operating room is very plain. It smells of sanitized metal, highly potent disinfecting chemicals, and an overly clean sensation. This is prior to any procedure; when the actual surgery begins, the atmosphere fills my nose with the distinct aroma of blood and wet metal. The temperature is kept at an uncomfortable chilling degree; the warmth can breed germs that can greatly affect the sterilization field. The
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