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Behind the Scenes of Surgery: The Vital Role of Operating Department Practitioners
For ODPs • 31 Jul 2023
When we think of surgery, we often think of the surgeon as the main player in the operating room. However, there's an entire team of professionals working behind the scenes to ensure a successful surgical outcome: Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs). These highly skilled medical professionals are an integral part of the surgical process, responsible for a wide range of essential tasks that keep the operating room running smoothly. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the vital role ODPs play in surgery.
- Preparing the Operating Room
Before surgery can begin, the operating room needs to be prepared. ODPs work closely with surgeons and anesthesiologists in this initial stage, ensuring that the room is set up correctly and all necessary equipment and supplies are available. They are responsible for sterilising instruments and preparing the operating table, making sure everything is in its proper place. ODPs also ensure that the correct protective clothing and gear is worn by everyone in the room, including themselves.
- Patient Care
ODPs are responsible for helping to care for patients before, during, and after surgery. They help patients change into surgical gowns and make sure that they are comfortable and properly positioned on the operating table. During surgery, ODPs work with anesthesiologists to monitor the patient's vital signs and assist with any necessary interventions. After surgery, ODPs help transfer patients to recovery and assist with post-operative care.
- Assisting the Surgeon
While the surgeon is the primary operator during surgery, ODPs play a key role in assisting the surgeon. ODPs help to prepare and handle surgical instruments, making sure that the right tools are available and ready when the surgeon needs them. They also assist in repositioning the patient during surgery and help to keep the surgical site clean and sterile throughout the procedure.
Despite careful preparation, complications can arise during surgery. When this happens, ODPs are often called upon to troubleshoot and assist with problem-solving. For example, if a surgical instrument malfunctions or a patient experiences a sudden drop in blood pressure, ODPs are trained to quickly respond and take appropriate action to address the issue.
- Post-Operative Care
Once surgery is complete, ODPs are also involved in post-operative care. This can include ensuring the safe disposal of used surgical instruments and making sure that all medical waste is properly disposed of. They also help to clean and sterilise the operating room for the next procedure.
Operating Department Practitioners play a vital role in the surgical process, performing a wide range of important tasks to help ensure the success of each surgery. From preparing the operating room to assisting the surgeon and caring for the patient, ODPs are key members of the surgical team. The next time you or someone you know faces surgery, take a moment to appreciate the important work done by these skilled medical professionals behind the scenes.