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Sneezing during surgery

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by darkraven, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. darkraven

    darkraven 2+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    just kind of randomly popped in my head, but what happens if a surgeon has to sneeze while operating?
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  3. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    The mask will contain ejected matter or droplets so they don't effect the environment, unfortunately, they remain inside the mask where they can be annoying.
  4. pincheeric

    pincheeric 2+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    When you need to sneeze, do it properly. If you can (i.e. you aren't holding a retractor or suctioning) take a step or two back from the table. Don't turn your head, instead sneeze straight at the table. The reason you do this is because the mask allows particles to escape out the sides, so you don't want to turn to the side and spray particles out the side onto the field.
  5. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Yeah, this works. Apparently there's debate about whether or not you should face directly away or directly towards, but if you step back and face the table, it should be fine.
  6. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    I was taught to never turn my back on the field unless doing a pass-by with someone else, so I always face the table.

    Also give warning to your team if possible prior to doing it so they don't think you're passing out.

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