You’ll play an important part of the surgery team and will:
prepare all the necessary instruments and equipment for the operations, including microscopes, lasers and endoscopes
provide the correct surgical instruments and materials to the surgeon
be responsible for surgical instruments, equipment and swabs during the operation
act as a link between the surgical team and other parts of the theatre and hospital
anticipate the requirements of the surgical team and respond effectively
The recovery phase
support the patient on their arrival into the recovery unit
monitor a patient’s physiological parameters
provide appropriate treatment until the patient has recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery
assess the patient in order to ensure they can be discharged back to a ward
evaluate the care given during each phase
Where do ODPs work?
You’ll be primarily employed within operating theatres but increasingly in other critical care areas of a hospital.
ODPs also manage the preparation of the environment, equipment and act as the link between the surgical team and other parts of the operating theatre and hospital. They must be able to anticipate the requirements of the surgical team and respond effectively.