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Reeling in the pre-Covid years - back to the 1980s

John Duddy


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PACK IT IN: Patients who don't smoke 24 hours before surgery are less likely to get a wound infection

PACK IT IN: Patients who don't smoke 24 hours before surgery are less likely to get a wound infection

PACK IT IN: Patients who don't smoke 24 hours before surgery are less likely to get a wound infection

I am starting to repeat myself. Every week I say the same thing: "Things seem a bit more normal this week." I hate to repeat myself, but it's true. It feels as though the world is rewinding.

We no longer have to climb into full PPE in surgery. No more duck-bill masks. We are no longer ordered out of theatre for the mandatory 10 minutes while the anaesthetist intubates or extubates a patient. No more plastic visors.

All patients are now tested before surgery. As long as the patient has no temperature, no symptoms associated with Covid infection and has had a negative swab within the last 48 hours, we can leave the PPE at the door.