Full Title:Surgical Nursing 1
Module Code:VETS S7023
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will cover the theory and basic skills of surgical nursing in a veterinary hospital.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Apply the principles of aseptic technique.
  2. Identify, sterilise and maintain surgical equipment, instruments and supplies.
  3. Apply the principles of perioperative nursing care.
  4. Discuss common dental conditions and apply the principles of effective professional periodontal therapy
  5. Discuss suture needles and materials, and perform basic cutaneous suturing techniques

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Operating theatre design and management
Layout, Lighting, Noise, Ventilation, Heating, HEPA filtration
Rules of aseptic technique
Personnel clothing, conduct, movement, numbers etc. within the operating theatre
Surgical instruments & equipment
Identification, Applications, Cleaning, Disinfection, Sterilisation, Packaging, Storage and maintenance.
Methods of sterilisation, Types of autoclaves, Safe use of autoclaves, Autoclave packaging materials and techniques, Indicators of sterilisation, Chemical sterilisation (ETO, Gas plasma etc.)
Aseptic preparation of the surgical team and patient, antiseptics.
Antiseptics (chlorhexidine, PVI, Alcohol rubs, One step prep solutions); Techniques of aseptic preparation (Scrubbing of personnel pre-op, Target pattern, 'Clean hand, Dirty hand' technique etc.
Sterile gowning technique and application of sterile gloves
Gowning: Side-tying gowns Gloving techniques: Open, closed, plunge/assisted, Double, Removal
Preparing the surgical field
Layout of the surgical field, Preparation of Mayo trolleys, Draping of trolleys, Layout of instruments and other supplies
Draping the surgical patient
Types of drapes, Quarter drapes (folding, application and securement using penetrating towel clips. Fenestrated drapes (folding, application and securement using non-penetrating towel clips)
Intraoperative surgical assistance
Method of handling and passing surgical instruments during surgery; Tissue handling; Haemostasis; Retraction; Irrigation
Surgical kits/packs
Identification of contents, preparation, packaging, sterilisation and handling of surgical packs.
Suture materials, Suture needles, Terminology, Selection, Cutaneous suturing patterns and knots
Extraoral and intraoral examinations, Triadan and anatomical systems for identification of teeth, performance of professional periodontal therapy (PPT), Client education
Preoperative duties of the circulating nurse
Preparation and maintenance of drapes, gowns, etc., Aseptic techniques in the opening of sterile packs, Draping of the surgical trolley using Cheatle forceps etc.
Preoperative patient preparation
Clipping, Aseptic preparation, Positioning, Draping
Surgical instruments
Identification, cleaning, disinfection, sterilisation, maintenance, handling, passing
Packing and operating an autoclave safely and competently.
Using a variety of autoclaves in the clinical skills lab. Assessment of efficacy and sterilisation.
Duties of the surgical assistant
Scrubbing up, Gowning and Gloving for surgery; Preparation of the surgical trolley, Handling and Passing of surgical instruments
Patterns: Simple interrupted, Cruciate, Vertical mattress, Horizontal mattress, Ford interlocking. Eyed and swaged needles; Variety of suture materials examined and used.
Performance of intraoral examinations; Triadan and Anatomical systems of identifying teeth; Dental instruments; Performance of PPT; Client education
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Weekly 3 hour practicals with marks for attendance, completion of lab preparation tasks and post-practical written assessments. Also two OSCE-style examinations assessing individual student skills (worth 2.5% of total module mark each) 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
If a student does not complete the practical training they will have to repeat attend the module.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Tear, M. 2011, Small Animal Surgical Nursing, Elsevier [ISBN: 9780323077354]
  • McCurnin 2010, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 7th Ed.,, Elsevier [ISBN: 9781416057000]
  • Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery 2011, Mann, F., Constantinescu, G. & Yoon, H., 1st Ed., 3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-0781761185]
  • Baines, S., Lipscomb,V. and Hutchinson, T. 2012, BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Surgical Principles: A Foundation Manual, BSAVA [ISBN: 978 1 905319 25 1]
  • Sonsthagen 2010, Veterinary Instruments and Equipment, 2nd Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 9780323072038]
  • Robinson, J. 2002, Everyday dentistry for the cat and dog, Henston [ISBN: 1850541876]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Martin, C. & Masters, J. 2006, Textbook of Surgical Nursing, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 9780750688130]
  • Hoad, J. 2006, Minor Veterinary Surgery: A Handbook for Veterinary Nurses, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 0750688076]
  • Fossum, T (ed) 2007, Small Animal Surgery, 3rd Ed., Mosby [ISBN: 0323044395]
  • Perrone, J. (ed) 2013, Small Animal Dental Procedures, 1st Ed., Wiley Blackwell Iowa [ISBN: 9780813820750]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 5 Mandatory