Irrigation during surgical procedures

Irrigation During Surgical Procedures

Irrigation is an important part of any surgical procedure as it helps keep the surgical site sterile and free from infection. It keeps the area clean and moist which helps prevent tissue damage and adhesions. Irrigation can also help maintain visibility of the surgical site, as well as helping to reduce the risk of tissue trauma.

Benefits of Irrigation During Surgery

  • Maintains visibility of the surgical site
  • Helps reduce tissue trauma
  • Prevents infections by keeping the surgical site clean and free from contaminants
  • Reduces the risk of adhesions
  • Helps keep the surgical site moist

Types of Irrigation

There are several types of irrigation that can be used during surgery:

  • Continuous irrigation – a steady stream of saline solution applied to the surgical site
  • Bubbling irrigation – irrigation using air to create small bubbles in the irrigation solution
  • Pulse irrigation – using a device to alternate between a stream of water and air to clean the surgical site
  • Lavage irrigation – using a device to create a circular motion, similar to a washing machine cycle, to clean the surgical site

Tips for Using Irrigation Effectively During Surgery

  • Carefully regulate the temperature of the irrigation solution to ensure it is not too hot or too cold.
  • Check the irrigation pressure to ensure that it is not too high or too low.
  • Monitor the level of the solution and add more as needed.
  • Ensure that the irrigation tip is kept clean and free of debris.
  • Clean the irrigation system before and after each use.