The problem is basically this: I'm doing some assisting in the OR and am having some trouble with some of the details of working there. The problems are as follows: A) I'm scrubbing 3-4 times a day and my arms are getting red and raw, is there anything I can do? B) I'm a rather short guy, 5'3'' and when I put on my sterile gown I can't ever get my hands out far enough and so when the scrub tech helps me put my gloves on the white sleeve of the sterile gown get's in the way and it takes me forever and a day to get my gloves fixed. Should I ask her to pull down the sleeves before she helps me with the gloves? I don't want to be a pain in her ass. C) I've inadvertently scrubbed out on at least 2 occasions. Once I touched my gown to adjust it before I had gloves. A second time I forgot my mask after I had scrubbed, gowned, and gloved so I had to scrub out to put my mask on. These were both kind of embarassing. Does it just take time to get in a habit of doing this correctly? D) I do a lot of cutting sutures and I can't ever seem to get the length of the tails right. One surgeon wants them one way, another surgeon wants them another way. One time I cut to short, another time to long. Sometimes I can't visualize where the knot is very well, so I can't judge where to cut. This happens often when the surgery is oral. E) Non of the other surgeons wear masks that have eye shields but when I'm assisting, blood and other materials often hit me in the face/eyes (probably again because I'm short and very close to the surgical field). This happens a lot when power tools are used on bone (things spray everywhere). Should I stand out and put on a mask with an eye shield or just keep doing what I'm doing. Can you get a serious infection by way of your eyes from a patient? I should probably know this. F) With the surgical masks I can't ever get them to sit right on my face. Sometimes it pushes up against the bottom of my eyes, or scratches below my neck. Is there some trick to putting these on so they don't irritate or obstruct your vision? I've literally only been doing this for about a week, but I want to do the best job I can. I know a lot of this will come with experience but any suggestions anyone could offer would be much appreciated.