Several weeks ago, we began a contest to award the best suggestion for keeping students engaged.
And the keeping students engaged winner is…drum roll….
SUE EVERETT OF MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WITH “BANANA SURGERY”!
CONGRATULATIONS, SUE!! And thank you for your wonderful description and photos.You have won an Amazon gift certificate.
Here is “Banana Surgery” in Everett’s own words…
After presenting the module, Ambulatory Surgery, the students practice and master the skills of sanitizing and wrapping surgical instruments, surgical gowning, masking and gloving, a medical scrub, a surgical scrub and creating a sterile field.
We then have banana surgery day. It is a tradition they all look forward to.
They are instructed to bring a green banana (they hold up better). The day before surgery, the bananais informed and instructed to be NPO after dinner. On the day of surgery students assist each other donning surgical attire. They now open their sterile packs that they have previously made. The banana (most are named) is prepped with an antiseptic and incised with a scapel. Two incisions are made. One will be sutured and one will be stapled.
Although it is not the scope of practice for a medical assistant to apply sutures or staples, removing them is a skill they must master. So as a side benefit, they can learn how to suture and staple so they can be removed. They proudly show their handy work to each other and cameras are clicking and flashing.
After the staples and sutures are removed, steri-strips are properly applied. Another incision is then made and the wound is irrigated and packed. A wet to dry dressing is in place and labeled. Post op instructions are given and instruments are scrubbed an rewrapped.
Thanks again, Sue!
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