The idea for this book came from a realisation that although numerous medical-related resources already exist, there was nothing available that contributed directly to the role of Operating Department Staff. Therefore, it is envisaged that this text will supplement the wealth of information contained in alternative dictionaries but with an emphasis towards perioperative practice.

We would like to thank all colleagues, students, clinical staff who have assisted with contributions and ideas; also, ODP Centre Secretary, Karen Williams, for IT advice and assistance.

Also thanks and appreciation to Professor J. Hunter for agreeing to write the Foreword for the book and provide expert and invaluable advice.

T. Williams B. Smith Liverpool, 2004

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