The Perfect Surgical Assistant: Calm, Confident, Competent and Courageous

Hall, Susan and Quick, Julie and Hall, Andrew W. (2016) The Perfect Surgical Assistant: Calm, Confident, Competent and Courageous. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 26 (9). pp. 201-204. ISSN 2515-7949

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Poor surgical assistance has been identified as a major stressor in surgeons, making the ability to provide effective surgical assistance an important skill which will have a lifelong impact on the surgical patient. Knowledge and technical ability are clearly important, but strong personal qualities are more so in the long run. This applies to all who provide assistance either as a surgical first assistant or surgical care practitioner. These skills and attributes are needed to provide a safe service that meets the expectations of both the professional regulatory authorities and surgical Royal Colleges. Advice is given in this article as to how non-medical practitioners may acquire these skills.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2019 11:17
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 16:28

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