Basic Surgical Skills and Education Training Course (BSSET)

The next BSSET is running in Melbourne in (TBC)

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The BSSET course is an educational package of generic surgical skills required by registrars of the ACPS. BSSET is a compulsory aspect of surgical training. It is to be undertaken within the first stage of training. The BSSET can also be undertaken prior to entering the training program. In this instance, a candidate must be an affiliate member of the ACPS.

Four modules are undertaken over the 2.5 day course:

• Basic Surgical Skills 1 (instruments, knots & incisions)

• Basic Surgical Skills 2 (dissection & suturing)

• Musculoskeletal

• Minimal Access Surgery

The emphasis of this course is on small group teaching, intensive hands-on practice of basic skills, individual tuition, personal feedback to participants and the performance of practical procedures. Experienced surgeons teach on the BSSET course and enable successful transfer of valuable knowledge and skills.

The objective of the BSSET is to:

  • Become familiar with the different types of common surgical instruments, their construction, function, safe and appropriate use, and maintenance
  • Learn the principles, applications and practice of tying a variety of common surgical knots
  • Learn appropriate selection strategies for surgical sutures and needles, appropriate techniques of use, and specific points of sharps safety
  • Broaden understanding of the use of local anaesthetics in the peri operative period
  • Develop an understanding of the concept of barriers in surgery, to perform an effective and reproducible method of scrubbing, gowning and closed gloving (Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) Standards), and to learn how to establish and maintain a sterile field
  • Learn the principles involved in the selection and execution of an incision
  • Learn the principles and techniques of suturing
  • Learn the principles of the diathermy generator and safe electrosurgery practice
  • Consolidate learned skills in an advanced dissection model
  • Demonstrate integration of incision, tissue handling, instrument, suture and needle selection, and suturing/tying skills in a heavy/fascial tissue model
  • Demonstrate integration of incision, tissue handling, instrument, suture and needle selection, appropriate suturing and knot tying skills in a delicate tissue model
  • Learn and demonstrate wound assessment and management skills
  • Understand the principles of fracture immobilisation
  • Demonstrate bone handling and osteosynthesis techniques
  • Understand the principles and instrumentation of minimal access surgery

The BSSET course delivers the following learning modules:

  • Surgical Instruments
  • Knot Tying
  • Needles and Sutures
  • Standard Precautions: Barriers, Sterile Technique and Safety
  • Introduction to Incisions, Local Anesthetic and Excisions
  • Suturing - Principles and Practice
  • Electrosurgery
  • Advanced Dissection and Vessel Management
  • Handling and Suturing Tubular and Delicate Structures
  • Integrated Tissue Management Exercise: Skin and Fascial Closure
  • Extensile Exposure (Incision & Dissection for Surgical Exposure) & Tissue Repair
  • Wound Management
  • Bone Handling and Plaster Skills
  • Principles and Practice of arthroscopy
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