BSS is widely viewed as a cornerstone course for all trainees taking up their first surgical position.
Over two highly practical days, you will learn a range of essential basic surgical skills and techniques within a controlled workshop environment.
After attending this course, you should have gained core skills in open surgery, electrosurgery and endoscopic surgery. You should be able to:
- Demonstrate safe operating techniques
- Use a variety of surgical knots safely and effectively
- Confidently handle and use surgical instruments
- Handle tissues confidently with due regard to their unique properties
- Use endoscopic instruments in a practical and safe way
- Discuss the practical, safe use of electrosurgery
You will participate in a variety of practical training sessions during the BSS course, including:
- Gowning, gloving, laying safe surgical knots and local anaesthetic management
- Tissue handling practice (including for infected and contaminated tissues), along with the requirements for differing tissue sites, such as skin, bowel or vessels
- Electrosurgery device usage
- Manipulation of endoscopic instruments in a 3D surgical environment while viewing a remote 2D image
- Visuospatial awareness, management of depth cueing and control of the ‘fulcrum effect’ during endoscopic surgery