Two weeks ago, the team in the ophthalmology operating theatre were joined by a new recruit: Sophie La Girafe!
This iconic childhood toy is now proving her worth in the operating theatre, in particular during cataract and glaucoma surgery.
An idea proposed by Dr Ségolène Roemer, Swiss Medical Association Specialist in Ophthalmic Surgery, and Nordine Elbouhati, nurse anaesthetist, Sophie La Girafe is used as a ‘squeaker’ that allows the patient to express themselves non-verbally. This is important because ophthalmic surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. The patient must be able to communicate with the team, but any movements can disrupt the surgeon. Patients can squeeze Sophie to let the operating team and the anaesthetist know that they are uncomfortable.
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