Defining Surgical Technologies and the process relationships between them

Patricia Johnstone

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    The concept of surgical technologies is commonly thought of in tangible (ie: artefact) terms, such as biomedical equipment and special instruments employed during surgery. However, this is an incomplete view. The present article adopts the perspective that defines surgical technologies in terms of both their tangible and intangible aspects. It presents one of the outcomes of research that investigated the process and organisational consequences of the adoption of new artefacts (ie: instruments, machines and surgical materials) in surgery. It presents a way of conceptualising surgical technologies that identifies and defines the various surgical technologies employed in surgical production, combined with a model of the process relationships between them. This should provide a useful theoretical framework for teaching about, and research into, aspects of work in operating theatre services.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-76
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Advanced Perioperative Care
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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