Prepare and maintain the environment and equipment ready for veterinary surgical procedures

URN: LANRVN15
Business Sectors (Suites): Veterinary nursing and auxiliary services
Developed by: Lantra
Approved on: 28 Feb 2019

Overview

This standard covers preparing and maintaining the environment and equipment ready for veterinary surgical procedures. You will need to be able to prepare and maintain the surgical environment, including preparation rooms, operating theatres, equipment and materials.

This standard is suitable for registered veterinary nurses.


Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. assess the risks to the health and safety of yourself and colleagues in the veterinary surgical environment
  2. select and wear the required clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for working in the veterinary surgical environment
  3. use the required hand hygiene technique
  4. select and implement the required veterinary practice infection control procedures relevant to the area of the veterinary practice you are working in
  5. keep the veterinary surgical environment aseptic ready for veterinary surgical procedures
  6. maintain the sterility of yourself and those involved in the preparation and maintenance of the environment and equipment
  7. maintain and store surgical equipment and materials in accordance with veterinary practice procedures
  8. maintain sterility of the surgical field
  9. clean and sterilise surgical equipment and instruments
  10. use the required veterinary practice sterilisation method
  11. confirm the required surgical equipment and materials with the veterinary surgeon
  12. prepare the surgical equipment and materials according to the veterinary practice procedures
  13. place surgical equipment and materials in the required position to support the veterinary surgical procedure
  14. provide the veterinary surgeon and members of the veterinary practice using the veterinary surgical environment with the relevant information on the veterinary surgical procedure
  15. control the environmental conditions to suit the veterinary patient's condition and requirements and the type of veterinary surgical procedure being undertaken
  16. inform colleagues of any difficulties in providing equipment and materials in accordance with the veterinary practice procedures
  17. comply with relevant regulations and guidelines, relating to the use of surgical equipment and materials, at all times
  18. remove surplus and waste materials, and gases from the surgical environment and dispose of them according to relevant regulatory requirements and veterinary practice procedures
  19. carry out your work in accordance with the relevant environmental and health and safety legislations, risk assessment requirements, codes of practice and business policies

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. how to assess the risks to the health and safety of yourself and colleagues in the veterinary surgical environment
  2. how to select the required clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for working in the veterinary surgical environment
  3. the required hand hygiene techniques and veterinary practice infection control procedures relevant to the area of the veterinary practice you are working in
  4. how to clean different types of veterinary surgical environment
  5. the methods available to clean and sterilise equipment and instruments
  6. how to maintain sterile environments within a veterinary surgical environment
  7. the equipment and materials used for different veterinary surgical procedures and why it is important to obtain guidance from veterinary surgeon about these
  8. the preparation requirements of different types of veterinary surgical equipment and materials
  9. the preparation requirements and use of suction equipment
  10. where surgical equipment and materials should be positioned for different veterinary surgical procedures
  11. the types of information required for veterinary surgical procedures
  12. the environmental conditions that should exist for different types of surgical procedure
  13. the faults that occur in veterinary surgery equipment that have an effect on their functioning, reliability, safety and effectiveness and the actions to take to rectify or report them
  14. the types of faults that can occur in materials, including damaged packaging, deterioration and contamination
  15. the relevant regulations and guidelines relating to the use of surgical equipment and materials
  16. the surplus and waste materials, and gases from the surgical environment and how to deal with each of these
  17. your professional responsibilities as a registered veterinary nurse
  18. your responsibility under the relevant environmental and health and safety legislations, codes of practice and business policies

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Version Number

2

Indicative Review Date

28 Feb 2024

Validity

Current

Status

Original

Originating Organisation

Lantra

Original URN

LANRVN21

Relevant Occupations

Veterinary Nurse

SOC Code

3240

Keywords

surgical; equipment; animal care