This 4 week course will cover all aspects of achieving best theatre practice, and optimising patient care.  It will discuss methods of reducing surgical site infections, including patient and staff factors, environment effects and ideas to improve theatre sterility.  Evidence and research papers will be explored.

Week 1
Infection Control

  • Aims of infection control
  • Risk factors
  • Impact of the environment
  • Cleaning techniques
  • Bacterial monitoring within the environment

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the week delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the aims of infection control within theatre
  • Identify how the layout of the operating theatre and associated rooms may affect infection control
  • Achieve effective maintenance and cleaning of the environment and instruments
  • Identify the ideal theatre design and implement this in practice

Week 2
Maintenance and Care of Instruments

  • Instrument cleaning
  • Instrument maintenance
  • Sterilisation methods and sterility indicators

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the second week, delegates will be able to:

  • Clean and care for surgical instruments
  • Understand the different methods of instrument cleaning
  • Understand the various sterilisation techniques and indicators
  • Recognise routine protocols for maintenance of the theatre environment and materials

Week 3
Patient Care and Theatre Organisation 

  • Hypothermia and the effect on surgical site infections
  • Hand hygiene
  • Draping techniques
  • Scrubbing techniques
  • Theatre attire

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the third week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand sterility, and how to reduce the incidence of surgical site infections
  • Prepare patients for surgery using best practice methods
  • Optimise preparation of the surgical team
  • Discuss skin preparation techniques
  • Monitor infection control in the practice
  • Understand hand hygiene, and its role in reducing the spread of hospital acquired infections
  • Define techniques to achieve a high standards of patient care and organisation within theatre
  • Appraise the maintenance of high environmental standards within the theatre suite

Week 4
Staff Development and Organisation

  • Nursing roles
  • Methods of organisation
  • Staff training and development

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the fourth week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of setting specific nursing roles
  • Examine a range of methods to increase efficiency and organisation within the theatre environment.

 

The course will be fully tutored by Louise Dale, and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.