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Health Careers Education
HL00112
Introduction to Surgical Technology
30.00
This course is designed to provide information introducing the student to the roles and responsibilities of the surgical team and the health care system. Students will explore the ethical and legal concepts and professional responsibilities of the surgical technology field.
Cindy Schneider
405-743-5105
cschn@okcareertech.org
1. Describe the characteristics of professional surgical technologists.
2. Compare and contrast organizations related to the profession.
3. Explain the importance and available options of credentialing in the field of surgical technology.
4. List areas of employment for a surgical technologist.
5. Define the scope of practice for the surgical technologist.
6. Discuss types of communication relationships.
7. Discuss goals of communication.
8. Describe the significance of content and tone in communication.
9. Distinguish between assertive and aggressive behavior.
10. Discuss problem behaviors and coping mechanism.
11. Describe concepts of conflict resolution.
12. Demonstrate principles of communication in the surgical setting.
13. Demonstrate body language and non-verbal communication.
14. Demonstrate principles of teamwork in the surgical environment.
15. Review the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Patient Care
Partnership.
16. Develop an increased sensitivity to the influence of ethics in
professional practice.
17. Discuss the role of morality during ethical decision making.
18. Discuss examples of ethical situations and problems in the health
professions.
19. Demonstrate the key elements related to developing a surgical
conscience.
20. Review principles of problem solving in ethical decision making.
21. Discuss principles of patient confidentiality including verbal and
written.
22. Analyze the concepts of law.
23. Interpret the legal responsibilities of the surgical technologist and
surgical team members.
24. Compare and contrast criminal and civil liabilities and the
consequences for these acts.
25. Assess the resources that aid the surgical technologist in interpreting
and following professional standards of conduct.
26. Analyze the recommended practices and legal elements of proper
documentation.
27. Interpret prevention, correction and documentation techniques that
may positively impact risk management issues.
28. Compare and contrast the roles of team members in the operating
room.
29. Acknowledge the proper chain of command in the operating room.
30. Compare and contrast health care facility departments that relate to
direct and indirect patient care in surgical services.
31. Discuss location of the surgical services within the healthcare facility.
32. Describe basic floor plan designs for surgical services.
33. Describe an optimal location of an operating room.
34. Describe the floor plan of the operating room.
35. Describe the environmental systems and controls within the operative
environment.
36. State the proper ranges for temperature and; humidity controls.
37. Describe the various components of the operating room ventilation
system.
Surgical Technologist - CTTC

http://www.okcareertech.org/testing/Skills_Standards/Health_Career_Cluster.htm



Surgical Technologist - NBSTSA

http://www.nbstsa.org/certifyingexam/index.html


Surgical Technologist Skill Standards


Aligns with the Association of Surgical
Technologist

Surgical
Technologist - CTTC

http://www.okcareertech.org/testing/Skills_Standards/Health_Career_Cluster.htm

Surgical Technologist - NBSTSA

http://www.nbstsa.org/certifyingexam/examprep.html

AST Core Curriculum

http://www.ast.org
Surgical Technology Series - MAVCC

http://www.okcimc.com

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences

http://www.careerclusters.org/resources/ClusterDocuments/hsdocuments/HSFinal.pdf
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