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Transient room

Tuesday 3rd July 2012 09:00 We were back to the main theatres again today after arranging with one of the surgeons to see a different location and type of operation that he would perform. When we arrived we recognised a good percentage of the staff and so no formalities were needed.

The operation itself was set to be a long one (between 6-8 hours). It appeared that the staff were preparing the theatre with this in mind. The WHO checklist was also done precisely to ensure that everything was ready and everyone knew who each other was.

Once the operation commenced, myself and Terhi noticed how ‘transient’ the room was in that many different people were entering and leaving the theatre throughout the operation. At one point the surgeon looked up at a person who had not long arrived and asked “who are you?”. That person replied that they were a medical student.

People continued to come and go and it was hard to keep track on who was who. This contrasted to the last operating theatre we had been in where only the working staff were involved and everyone knew who each other was.

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