In order to maximize the efficiency of an instrument transfer technique the assistant needs to follow these guidelines:
- Maintain instruments on a pre‑set instrument tray or cassette in the sequence of use in order to facilitate rapid location of needed instruments during a procedure (Figure 5).
- Anticipate the need for the next instrument.
- Stay alert, with eyes on the operative field, for any change in the procedure.
- Be ready to modify the sequence of instruments when necessary.