Assisting Surgeons without taking breaksCreated by:
Recently, my colleague and I had a discussion over taking breaks during an operation. Normally, our team consists of 1 Surgeon, 1 ODP, 2 Nurses and 1 Support worker. We had ten cases of cataract surgeries for 7 hours allocated time, which we all know that each case doesn't usually take long, especially if it's not a complicated one. We are scheduled to work unitl 9pm. Normally, we would take turns in taking 15 minute breaks in the afternoon but the turnover of patient were so quick, some of us haven't taken a proper break. The cases went on and on as the surgeon doesn't want to take a break so he can go home early, aiming to go home before 7pm. Personally, I found it very tiring, although I managed to get a 15minute break in the afternoon. But scrubbing, circulating, documenting and cleaning up non stop piled all up at the end of the case which made us feel all very tired. As for the Surgeon, he feels that "work hard now, and take a longer break at the end" is okay. What do you think?