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What kind of prep work do surgeons do before preforming surgery?

I am a freshman in high school and might potentially want to be a surgeon ? #doctor #surgery #surgeon


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Surgeons have a very long checklist the refer to before performing an operation. A few of those are making sure that they have the correct patient, they are operating on the correct limb (if applicable), that the patient wont have an allergic reaction to any of the local or anesthetic drugs uses, and that all x-rays and CT-Scans are in the room. This is a great book about being a surgeon that will show you what training is like: http://www.amazon.com/Better-A-Surgeons-Notes-Performance/dp/0805082115


Dr. Gawanda also wrote a book called "The Checklist Manifesto" that most surgeons refer to now... The entire book is about the checklists we perform before surgery. Being a surgeon is a very honorable thing to do and I wish you luck on your path!

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Hi, before performing surgery I go through a few different types of prep. The most important is reviewing the patient's chart and records a few days before the operation to make sure that I remember the details and that any testing that needed to be done before surgery has been done. Sometimes, I might also discuss the case with colleagues for advice. On the day of surgery, I meet with the patient and review any details and answer any questions that they may have. I also talk to the other people on the surgical team, like the anesthesiologist and the nurses and surgical technicians that will be working with me. In the operating room we go through a checklist making sure that we are all on the same page regarding the plan so the patient has a safe operation.


I hope this answers your question. Good luck!


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