There are over a million different types of medical equipment out there for doctors and surgeons to use. One of the best places to see a wide array of medical equipment is the operating room. An operating room contains thousands of different instruments that are critical to saving people’s lives.
Here is a look at the variety of medical equipment that can be found in the operating room.
Hand Instruments. Hand instruments are the type of medical equipment that everyone associates with the operating room. These hand instruments are pieces of medical equipment that allow the surgeon or operator to do the most basic of operating procedures. These procedures include cutting, stitching, clamping any blood loss and cauterizing. A typical operating room will contain a scalpel, assorted hemostats, retractors and an object known as the needle holder which closes tissues.
Electrosurgical Tools. Electrosurgical tools are used to cut an incision or to clamp any type of bleeding that might occur. Almost all types of electrosurgical tools use a high electrical current to cut the skin and create an incision. This is much safer and more sanitary than the alternative which was to use scissors or scalpels.
Orthopedic Tools. An operating room will contain a lot of orthopedic tool. These tools are used to straighten crooked legs or arms, and to replace hips and knees. Common orthopedic tools include screwdrivers, hammers, drills, plates, pins and power saws. These are all used during orthopedic procedures.
Operating Table. It might not be a tool that the surgeon uses but it is a very important part of the operating room. It is the central point and allows nurses, assistants and surgeons to get close to the patient during the procedures.
Surgical Microscope. The surgical microscope is a microscope that can magnify a number of areas on the body. Most of the time surgical microscopes are attached to a TV that allows everyone to see the surgical procedure as it happens. These microscopes allow surgeons to get a closer look at areas that need to have surgical procedures done as many times the area of incision is microscopic.