Administration in the Operating Room

Tagarakis A. Ioannis, Tsiapourlianos K. Panagiotis, Valentina Vaxevani, Tsolaki Fani, Karakolias Stefanos, Tagarakis I. Georgios


When referring to the operating room of a health organization, we know in advance that it is a department that is accompanied by multiple requirements and high responsibilities from all the human resources that staff it. Its high demands and great responsibilities result, on the one hand, from the criticality of the state of health of each patient and from the special characteristics that accompany it, from the existing risk of complications during the operation, and on the other hand, from the diversity from which characterizes the team of human resources that staffs the operating room. More specifically, the operating room consists of the director, the head, the head of the department, the medical staff, the nursing staff, the technical department and the administrative department. The medical department is divided into the competent surgeons and anesthesiologists. The smooth operation of this department requires effective cooperation and communication between all members of the surgical team. Clear definition of roles and responsibilities plays a key role in avoiding unwanted conflicts between surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses. The director and the head of the operating room, as well as the head of the department, play a leading role in avoiding these conflicts. For this reason, these jobs must be staffed by employees who, in addition to technical skills, have administrative and communication skills. The wider part of the operating room of a health organization should be staffed by health professionals who have increased experience in their specialty and have all the necessary knowledge, in order to make a proper preoperative assessment of the patient’s health condition and timely and effective anticipation and treatment problems that may arise during the surgical procedure.

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