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Care plans for the operating department.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1392199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Very little, if any, of the care administered by the theatre staff within operating theatres has ever been fully documented. The person 'scrubbed' for the case and the circulating person accountable for the final swab, instrument and needle checks, sign their names in a ledger within theatre. A verbal exchange relating to the patient's operation, the dressings applied, any drains or implants in situ etc. may take place between the 'scub' person and the nurse into whose care the patient is to be entrusted. It is little wonder that we in theatres appear to have lost our identity as nurses and the role envisaged by our colleagues is one of a technician or that of being the surgeon's 'hand-maiden'! As stated in a previous Journal, 'The failure to define the nurse's role in the theatre can only mean one of two things--either nursing is not clearly demonstrated by theatre nurses or nursing does not exist within operating theatres'.
B Jarman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of theatre nursing : NATNews : the official journal of the National Association of Theatre Nurses     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1353-0224     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Theatre Nurs     Publication Date:  1992 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-19     Completed Date:  1992-11-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204117     Medline TA:  Br J Theatre Nurs     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-11     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Forms and Records Control
Nursing Records*
Operating Room Nursing / methods*
Patient Care Planning*

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