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Laparoscopic screen communication

Wednesday 27th June 2012 09:00 We had arranged to meet one of the surgeons today via e-mail. He advised that it would be beneficial for us to watch two very different types of operations that he performed.

The surgeon wasn’t operating himself on this day but instead had a registrar that he was supervising. We recognised the nurses and ODP in this theatre which allowed us to feel more comfortable in the environment. There was a new Anaesthetist whom we introduced ourselves to.

The operation itself was done laparoscopically and therefore we watched in amusement as the different team members communicated whilst looking in different directions at different screens. The consultant surgeon always had one eye on a screen, even when he was talking with others about something unrelated.

Another interesting aspect today was that there was music being played. It was quite loud and the registrar appeared to be enjoying it. It appeared to contrast the other operations we had observed where noise was kept to a minimum.

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