Role Of An Odp

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• Odp’s provide high standards of peri-operative care. • Odp’s work with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses. • Odp’s are involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care. • There are three phases to peri-operative care; the anaesthetic phase, the surgical phase and the recovery phase. • In the anaesthetic phase ODP’s assist the patient prior to surgery. ODP’s need to communicate and work effectively within a team and prepare a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs. • In the surgical phase ODP’s work as part of the operative team in a few roles that include the “scrubbed” role, infection control, wound management and the application of the aseptic technique. • In the process of the surgical phase ODP’s work in the “scrubbed” role preparing all the equipment and necessary instruments needed for the procedure, working with the surgeon to assist in the procedure providing all the correct instruments and materials. • To ensure health and safety throughout the surgical procedure and to ensure all instruments, equipment and swabsare are accountable throughout the procedure. • Act as a link between the surgical team and other parts of the hospital so communication and management skills are needed. • In the recovery phase ODP’s are involved in all aspects of patient care in the recovery unit, including monitoring, supporting them and providing treatment until the patient has recovered. Then to assess the patient to evaluate whether they can return to the ward. • Then to evaluate all the three stages of the peri-operative care. (NHS Careers,

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