Surgery, Traumatology and Orthopaedics
Human skin seems to be simply external coverage of the human body. This statement is not completely true, as human skin, in addition to its protective function from the external environment, does have a range of other functions such as mechanical barrier, external immune barrier, participation in thermoregulation, excretion of sweat and sebum, sensory functions, and identification functions for the human being. Skin is the largest organ of the human body, as its average surface in adult persons is about 2 m2 and its total mass is about 5 kg. An extensive burn injury affecting more than 20% of the body surface area, can lead to temporary, or permanent dysfunction or failure of the skin organ which could become a life threatening situation.
Here you can find some basic things, which should be done with average patient before surgery.
It has 5 basic steps - lowering the risk of the surgery, appropriate diagnosis, preparation of the operation field, psychological preparation and informed consent.
There are some links to other pages as well.
In this presentation you can find some basic sentences and expressions, which you should know, when you will be going to take the history of the patient and examine him.
It should help you in the time, when you are starting your clinical practise, where the communication with the patient in slovak language is very important. Later there will be situations, where you will need to speak with the patient by your own withou having somebody for translation.