29 October 2018

Operating Theatre Live

Year 13 students from across the PLE partnership are studying Science courses that allow progression to careers such as those in the medical professions.

To support their learning and careers progression around 60 of our Level 3 Science students attended a practical surgery course delivered by ‘Operating Theatre Live’ on Wednesday 26th September, including students from Sir John Hunt, Tor Bridge High, Lipson Cooperative Academy, All Saints Academy and Marine Academy Plymouth.

This experience covered an introduction to medicine/health as a career through a real surgical
experience in their operating theatre.

During the all-day workshop, students experienced the following fantastic sessions;

Workshop 1: Patient care and infection control
  • Students developed communication skills using interview techniques as well as the four types of microorganism. 
  • Students explored the difference in communicable and non-communicable diseases and how pathogens spread infection. 

Workshop 2: Anaesthetics
  • Students identified the CNS/PNS to understand how local and general anaesthetics function. 
  • Prepared stock solutions of Propofol anaesthetic to provided concentrations before administering the correct dosage using the IV method. There was focus on the practical execution of working in a lab when using the balances, volumetric flasks and measuring cylinders. 

Workshop 3: Principles of anatomy
  • Students explored the anatomical position and its importance in communicating human anatomy. 
  • They also developed an understanding of the main terminology used when navigating the human body. 

Workshop 4: Head and Neck
  • Students removed and dissected the brain and spinal cord. 
  • They learned about the regions of the brain, the reflex arc as well as motor and sensory nerves in responding to stimuli. 
  • Students then carefully isolated the eye and dissected the optic nerve and lens to appreciate its role as a light receptor and a sensory nerve. 
Workshop 5: The Thorax
  • Students dissected a full thoracic block including the trachea, heart, lungs and diaphragm. 
  • They intubated the specimen using surgical equipment and observed the mechanism of inhalation and exhalation. 
  • Students mapped out the structure of the heart and its chambers before dissecting the heart. 
  • Students recalled information about the structure of the arteries and veins, before performing a real heart transplant correctly reconnecting the vessels to their new donor heart. 
  • Finally, student listened to the acoustics of the heart using the stethoscopes. 

Workshop 6: The Abdomen
  • Students familiarised themselves with the structure of the gastro intestinal tract before observing a real sample. 
  • They examined the structures of the digestive system, including the oesophagus, stomach, liver & gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, colon, rectum and anus. 
In addition to the fantastically organised practical sessions there was a range of advice offered to students beginning their UCAS applications for University courses starting in 2019. Interview tips, ideas advice were also shared by the amazing team from ‘Operating Theatre Live’.

Throughout the day, students demonstrated outstanding communication skills and teamwork and worked together with excellent results. We are hugely proud of the way they responded to a very demanding day and helped to make the day a great success.

Mr Gardiner
Head of Science