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Assisting Techniques

Product Details
Product ID: FA-03
Year Produced: 2008
Length: 42 min.
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In order to obtain the desired surgical outcome, the assistant at surgery must provide accurate, deliberate actions during surgery. This DVD describes and demonstrates traction, dissection, retraction and hemostasis concepts to help you sharpen your own application of these skills and techniques.

This DVD also includes the First Assistant Success Concepts Lecture: 10 Ways to Perfect Your Assisting Skills.

DVD Topics

  • Introduction
  • Flipping/Rolling Instruments
  • Traction & Counter-traction
  • Mobile Counter-traction
  • High and Low Position vs. Palm and Finger Control (temporary and permenant hemostasis)
  • Tying Around A Clamp - Tip Towards
  • Tying Around A Clamp - Tip Away
  • Sharp and Blunt Dissection
  • Snip And Strip Technique
  • Using the Knife (position of application & position of retrieval) Surgical Footage
  • Using Fine Forceps
  • Cautery: Finger Control, Thumb Control, Rolling Positions, Past Pointing, Angle Tip
  • Receiving and Retrieving While Following
  • Placing Retractors – Contact Visualization
  • First Assistant to Everyone
  • Ten Ways to Perfect Your Skills
  • Putting It All Together

First Assistant Success Concepts: 10 Ways to Perfect Your Assisting Skills

  • Pre-Practice All Techniques
  • No Wasted Moves or Motions
  • Anticipate
  • Two Hands - 10 Fingers
  • Assist Don't Inhibit
  • Think Team
  • Know Your Limits
  • Practice To Improve
  • Watch & Learn
  • Take Notes