I don't know that the surgury itself was actually used, though I seem to recall one of the passengers had to be treated for a broken arm. Suffice to say that the hospital on any Olympic class liner was fully functional and could be used for that purpose if necessery. The Olympic's sick bays had to be used on a number of occassions during her career.
The 'hospital' on Titanic was a collection of rooms where 3rd Class passengers could recuperate in conditions slightly more roomy and better ventilated than their own cabins, with better toilet and washing facilties and with an attendant on hand. This included an isolation section of rooms for those with contagious diseases. 1st and 2nd class passengers on the 'sick list' would expect to be cared for in the comfort of their own staterooms. In the event that surgery was needed, the best equipped locations would be the three 'surgeries' (one for 3rd Class, one for 1st/2nd and one for the crew) which at other times served as consulting/treatment rooms for out-patients - just like those of a modern family doctor or GP.
Another thing I want to ask. In the article that you posted, Michael (many thanks for that btw) stands that the crew was treated in a seperated hospital on C-Deck.
But are Stewards/Stewardesses also crew and if so, then they would be treated in the hospital on C-Deck, no?
Thin rubber gloves had been in common use in operating theatres for about 20 years, but not all surgeons favoured their use. By 1912 most would have accepted the benefit of gloves for their assistants, but many believed that their own work was best done with the unhampered sensitivity of a pair of bare but well-scrubbed hands. Doc O'Loughlin had been in the business a long time, so it's quite possible that he preferred to work with the traditional precision of uncovered hands.
I am at a loss over that question, but I love the fact you are striving to be as authentic as possible for your book. Hmmm... It seems like something Jack Eaton or Charlie Haas would know.
If you write a letter to the TI mailbox
and address it to either or- I am sure they will send you a response. Just go to www.titanicinternationalsociety.org
and the snail mail address is there. Though you may want to ask the messageboard. The trustees check it and may be able to process it quicker.