I was challenged about the way I live my life as I was standing in the operating theatre observing some laparoscopic surgery.
There are so many analogies you can pull from this setting, so I’ll try and do my best with what I’ve got.
First, the fact that there are only very few people allowed in the operating theatre at the time.
The head surgeon is there directing the operation and making the incisions, removing the parts that shouldn’t be there, and making sure the body is in good shape. The assisting surgeon is standing to his/her side and learning the craft, and making themselves available to do what’s needed, to manipulate the camera and put things into view, or to hold on to things while the head surgeon is doing something else.
Anaesthetics make sure that the patient is under enough sedation and/or anaesthesia and work with the team to manipulate the bed and check the vital signs of the patient on the operating table.
The scrub nurse is scrubbed up and gowned, and stays within the sterile field handing instruments to the surgeons and making sure everything is going smoothly, and communication is flowing between all the members of the team. They’re also in charge of doing the count, making sure things aren’t left behind and everything used, every resource is accounted for.
Theatre nurses float around the periphery moving things that aren’t in the sterile field, interacting with other staff on the outside and making sure that the preparations are ready for the sterile field.
Med students stand to the side, or even scrub up and get to observe first hand what is happening to further their development as practitioners.
Everybody has their role, and there is no wasted space.
It may be a huge stretch to think of this as a Church, but that’s how it came to me. Every person has their part. Whether you’re in the “sterile” field or not, you still play an important role to the functioning of the Church. And most importantly for me, there are a lot of protocols in place, and policies that need to be adhered to. There’s paperwork. There’s team time-out sessions where they check that it’s the Right Patient, Right Procedure, Right Site.
Sometimes I get frustrated with paperwork and policies, and even political agenda, but it’s all for the wellbeing of the patient.
It’s all for Kingdom work.