On initial inspection there appears to be an enormous gap between the level of skill required to undertake a “complex” operation when compared to placing a peripheral intravenous cannula. In reality a complex operation is made up of a series of very simple technical steps that are carried out in the correct sequence. The range of technical skills is surprisingly limited and only comprise dividing tissue, passing a needle through tissue and tying knots. Based on this very simple observation and with the addition of the Seldinger technique it is anticipated that with appropriate experience and supervision you could rapidly grow your technical skills. It is possible that you will be required to undertake procedures that you have ether not undertaken for many years or even never before. Mastering the basic skills shown in the material below in combination with common sense, self-belief and a cool head will enable you to significantly develop your technical competences.

Ben Lindsey Consultant General, Vascular & Renal Transplant Surgeon

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Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals: COVID-19. How to work safely in a surgical environment and perform essential surgical skills such as knotting and suturing.

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