Friday 04 May 2018

On Monday April 23rd Operating Theatre Live came back to BDA for another fun-filled, dissection and anatomy extravaganza. Sixty students from Years 7-10 and 12 were selected for the event based on their scientific aptitude.

We assembled in the Main Hall at 9.45am, were kitted out in scrubs, surgical masks and hats and stethoscopes and the day unfolded as a series of medical talks interspersed with hands-on practical work.

We learnt about the role of the emergency services, about anaesthetic, about how the brain works, about the heart and lungs and finally we had a good look at a sheep’s intestines!

The students were divided into groups of eight (each with a range of year groups) and they worked together in these groups to do their ‘operations’.

They had to learn how to talk to their ‘patient’ (a surgical dummy with a name), how to prepare them for theatre, how to calculate and administer the appropriate quantities of anaesthetic (it depends on the weight of the patient).

And then it was on to the ‘operating’. Using pigs body parts, the teams, removed a pig’s brain and eyes from its head, performed ‘heart transplants’ and learnt how to surgically inflate the lungs. If it sounds gory, it was, but the students were very mature and ‘hands-on’ and we all came away with a new-found respect for surgeons.

I felt as if I could see the surgeons of tomorrow before my eyes and it was wonderful to see so many of the students relishing the opportunity to do types of dissection that not even A Level biologists get to do. Some of them had to be wrenched away from the operating table at the end of the day, so keen were they to finish their heart transplants!

Some stand out stars of the day were Marwa Alaoui and Markelle Case-Gibbs in Year 7, Zosar El Jack Ali, Fardowsa Hersi and Nashwan Rawn in Year 8, Fadumo Hersi, Ghufran Mohamed and Lucy Sims in Year 9, Sara Abuzaid and Samara Hackett-Valton in Year 10 and Joed Al Shaber, Marwa Roomi, Mohamed Warsame and Mohamed Hajisaid in Year 12.

Huge thanks to Sam Piri and the team from Operating Theatre Live for putting on such a well organised and fascinating day for us.

The team remarked upon the great scientific knowledge of our students and encouraged them to keep in contact.