New nurses are not allowed to circulate by themselves. This is an effective way to get a hindrance out of the room while the surgeon keeps working and the experienced nurse keeps charting.And this while he had a patient under anesthetic?
Hope I never get that one!
Very much so and more recently than you would expect. You can gas sterilize pretty much anything so we occasionally use hardware store items. My favorite is a soup spoon from the cafeteria used to retrieve bladder tumor chips from the drainage bag. I have a partner who made a suprapubic catheter guide in his garage by taking a standard stainless dilator and bending it into a semicircle on a vice in his shop, then drilling a hole through the end for suture.A brief history of the evolution of surgery. Sounds like surgeons were moonlighting a blacksmiths to make their own tools. No wonder some surgical implements look like torture devices.
Even Australian hospitals use the Otis Elevator so I'm concerned about the intelligence of medical staff , including the surgeon sending nurses on a wild goose chase.