This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of the Surgical Technologist in the health practice environment. Fundamental team skills are developed to assist the student to function during the care of patients having surgery. Communication utilizing medical terminology and basic computer functions is demonstrated and discussed in relation to its role in the operating room. The principles of aseptic techniques are introduced and demonstrated with the inclusion of the methods of sterilization, instrument identification, surgical set-up and instrumentation handling. Patient, equipment, and supply preparation are demonstrated and applied to the procedural stages, with basic concepts of robotics presented in relation to General, Colorectal, and Gynecologic/Obstetric Surgery. Accountability, responsibility and commitment to the surgical technologist profession are discussed. Concurrent clinical laboratory experiences introduce the student to the practice setting in the operating room as well as the sterile processing area.
Last Updated: 10/21/2013