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Observing cardiac surgery made me appreciate theatre nurses’ role

Watching a surgeon replace a young patient’s heart valves helped children’s nursing student Ewout van Sabben appreciate the valuable role played by theatre nurses.
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Watching a surgeon replace a young patient’s heart valves helped children’s nursing student Ewout van Sabben appreciate the valuable role played by theatre nurses.

In my second year of training as a children’s nursing student, I was on placement on a paediatric intensive care unit when I had the opportunity to observe an 11-year-old boy with rheumatic heart disease undergo cardiac surgery.

In the anaesthetic room, the anaesthetist and consultant made sure the patient was thoroughly sedated before he went into theatre. They were soon joined by the surgeon who would perform the operation.

After a central venous line was inserted by the consultant, the patient was ready to go into theatre. Having swapped my blue scrubs for surgical green ones, and wearing a hair protector and face

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