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Preparing for surgery – the operating theatre and atmosphere

Surgical facilities vary, from purpose-designed suites of rooms to modified laboratories, to a bench in a general-purpose laboratory. The latter is only suitable for non-recovery surgery. Ideally, surgical procedures should be carried out in a separate room set aside for the purpose and isolated from human traffic. The surfaces should be dust-free and wiped with disinfectant. The components of an aseptic surgery area should include areas for surgical support, animal preparation, preparation of the surgical team, operating and post-operative recovery. Physical barriers best achieve separation of functional areas, although it may be feasible to separate them by appropriately timing the procedures and cleansing and disinfecting the area in between these activities. It is important for the rooms to have the following facilities and features:


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Updated on 12th May 2020

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