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AHL 165 - Surgical Technology II

4.8 Continuing Education Units (CEU). This course is not for Credit(s).

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about the foundations of identifying and handling surgical instrumentation and supplies, and setting up and maintaining the sterile field in preparation for hands on application in laboratory studies. The student will learn the progression of surgical procedures and the perioperative duties of the surgical technologist. The student will learn the technological sciences involved with surgical technology. Students will also learn the fundamental principles of science and technology associated with the operating room. Topics to be covered include opening and setting up the sterile field, correcting breaks in sterile technique, passing instruments, specimen handling, surgical counts, wound healing and closure, and sutures and staples.​ Basic concepts of the sciences to current and developing technologies in the operating room, care for the surgical patient, and general operating room safety will be covered.


Course Objectives:

1. list the perioperative duties of the assistant circulator role;

2. identify surgical site incisions, with specific focus on abdominal incisions, and describe how they relate to patient positioning, skin prep, and draping; 

3. discuss and perform the proper transport, transfer and positioning of the surgical patient for various surgical procedures;

4. compare and contrast timed and counted surgical hand scrubs;

5. perform the counted surgical hand scrub;

6. describe and perform proper gowning and gloving of self and other surgical team members;

7. describe the opening, creation, maintenance, and monitoring of the sterile field in relation to the principles of asepsis and the practice of sterile technique;

8. identify various types of surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies and state their proper use and handling during the perioperative process;

9. describe the progression of surgical procedures and the importance of anticipation and efficiency;

10. identify various methods of handling and preparing the surgical specimen;

11. list the steps involved when performing the proper technique of removing soiled gowns and gloves when performing end of case turnover/environmental disinfection;

12. execute the proper removal of soiled gowns and gloves;

13. identify surgical sutures and stapling devices and describe when and how they would be used during a surgical procedure;

14. discuss the phases of wound healing, as well as the classification, closure, and dressing of the surgical wound;

15. list the principles of asepsis, identify their appropriate application to sterile technique, and appropriately apply sterile technique when performing the skills required for the course.

16. Perform urinary catheterization.

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