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Perioperative practitioners, or theatre nurses, work in anaesthetics, surgery or recovery, ensuring patient safety
What is a perioperative practitioner?
The perioperative environment has three main areas: anaesthetics, surgery and recovery. A professional who works in these areas is called a perioperative practitioner and is either a nurse or an operating department practitioner (ODP).
Roles include theatre nurse, anaesthetic assistant or anaesthetic nurse, and recovery nurse.
Perioperative practitioners work with a large multidisciplinary team, including surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre coordinators and managers, and support workers or healthcare assistants.
We provide a safe environment for patients who need surgery, coordinating our responsibilities to ensure the theatre list runs smoothly and patient safety is maintained before, during
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