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A VIEW INTO THE OPERATING ROOM

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The closed doors of the operating room create quite a mystery for those on the outside. To share some insight, we have gathered a variety of photos that show stages of an operation in a few different locations. You will notice many similarities and a few differences—primarily with the supplies used and the table setup. Because devices, techniques, staff, patient needs, and equipment are constantly changing, don’t ever expect the time to come when you say, “I have seen it all.”

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FIGURE 17.1

In-service training on instrumentation with the University of Utah Transplant Team. (Photo used with permission from Transplant Service, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.2

OR staff preparing the room for the next case. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.3

A freshly opened pan of sterilized instruments. The striped tape indicates that the pan has been properly sterilized. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.4

Gowned and gloved scrub technician preparing his back table for an OR case. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.5

Empty sterilization pan with back table fully set up in the background. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.6

Fully set up back table in the Burn Unit at the University of Utah. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.7

Close-up of instrument pan contents set up on the back table. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.8

Fully set up back table at UCLA. (Photo used with permission from Deanna Attai, MD; Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLA Health Burbank Breast Care.)

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FIGURE 17.9

Orthopedic surgery setup during a case. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.10

Surgeons at work placing a tourniquet to minimize blood loss. (Photo used with permission from Ruth Braga, University of Utah.)

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FIGURE 17.11

Dr. McGreevy patiently teaches residents in the operating room. (Photo used with ...

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