As halloween approaches, it’s getting scary out there and cadaver lab can be scary as well. Here are a few tips to help with your cadaver lab experience.
1. You’re not the only one freaked out: Others in your class are just as nervous as you are about the experience. Knowing that you’re not the only one experiencing these emotions should give you some sense of comfort.
2. Watch video dissections: Having an idea of what you will be working with will accustom you to what you will experience come the first day of lab. Watching videos or looking at cadaver pictures will desensitize you and lessen the anxiety of your first cadaver experience.
3. You’ll get over it….Quickly: After the first day of dissection, I was surprised at how quickly I became desensitized to the experience as a whole. Before you know it, you will be reflecting the rectus femoris without batting an eyelash.
4. Clothes: Wear clothing you don’t care about. Lab could get messy and you don’t want formaldehyde on your new jeans. Also, your lab coat goes directly over your clothes so wash your lab coat often. Cleaner clothes mean a cleaner lab experience.
5. Smell: Use Vicks Vapor Rub under your nose to avoid bad smells. Lotion your hands with a pleasant scent and use non latex gloves to avoid any lingering scents on your hands for the rest of the day. Washing your hands with lemons or mouth wash is also a great way to reduce odors.
6. Know your strengths: Defer tasks to group members who have more strength in a certain area. For example, if one of your group members has a more steady hand, let them dissect the delicate structures.
7. Stay clean: Keep yourself, your instruments, and your station as clean as possible after lab. Keep the donor hydrated as well to reduce the risk for mold and for an overall better lab experience.
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Edited: Ffrancesca Famorcan