Part of my new job is to pack a specific list of disinfected surgical instruments into trays that will be used in surgeries. Yesterday was the last day of eye surgeries on the ship, so my OR Sterilizing boss, Ben, let me watch an eye surgery before it was too late. I’ve already gotten the incredible opportunity to watch live surgeries earlier in the trip, but this was a new kind of experience. The trays that I packed were being used in the surgery, so I knew the instruments, by name, that the eye surgeon was using! And after packing these instruments into trays over and over again, it was so great to be able to see what they were used for. Once the Ptergyium surgery was finished, I went back into the disinfecting room and the exact tray of instruments, that I had just seen used in the surgery, was sitting in front of me waiting to be washed. It was just cool to basically follow “my tray” from the beginning to the process to the end:
1. Me packing the actual tray with the necessary instruments
2. Watching the tray be used in a surgery
3. Cleaning the tray & instruments after the surgery
4. Start all over
Today was a little slow because the eye surgeries are finished. But my coworker and I made the best of the slow day & looked at anatomy books while we waited for surgeries to get out. She’s been through med school and loves to teach because it helps refresh her memory…and I want to learn as much as possible while I’m here, so it all works out! Today (while sitting in the insanely hot sanitizing room) she taught me all about the heart, veins and arteries, pituitary glands, trachea and esophagus. I never took an anatomy class in high school…so it’s all new & I’ve never been so excited to learn.