Scrubbed Surgical Assistance


Professional Development Course

AVNAT Registration Points: 5


Advanced Level: This course is useful for those more experienced nurses who are learning to scrub in to assist in theatre.

This short course will take you through the correct procedures for scrubbing in to assist with surgery. From proper scrubbing techniques and gloving and gowning, to acting as an assistant and handling instruments and tissues correctly. We’ll explore the options for scrubbing in, including alcohol-based hand rubs, and the traditional methods. You’ll learn how to load and pass scalpels and needle holders safely as well as plenty of other instruments. We’ll teach you how to apply Halsted’s principles and maintain a neat and orderly instrument trolley with swab and instrument counts.



This course has been accredited for 5 points under the AVNAT Scheme.

What topics will we cover?

  • TOPIC 1 – Surgical Team Preparation
  • TOPIC 2 – Providing Surgical Assistance
  • TOPIC 3 – Suture Materials, Needles & Staples
  • TOPIC 4 – Suture Patterns & Knots