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Health Careers Education
Surgical Case Management
This course will introduce the student to the supplies and equipment that are an integral part of their training as a Surgical Technologist; including instrumentation, suture, sponges, drains, counts, and the sterile field and draping of sterile field. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate competency in using supplies and equipment in the surgical environment.
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1. Demonstrate methods utilized to analyze and plan for the needs of the surgical case.
2. Assess the function, assembly, use and care of equipment in the surgical environment.
3. Describe the application of surgical equipment
4. Identify specialty and accessory equipment used in surgery.
5. Describe the principles of electricity and electrical flow. (from Electricity section of new Core
Curriculum, p. 85) also cover the objectives in Biomedical Science objectives 1 thru 5 in
previous curriculum.
6. Demonstrate electrical knowledge as it relates to patient safety. (from Electricity section of
new Core Curriculum, p. 85) also cover the objectives in Biomedical Science objectives 8 thru
12 in previous curriculum.
7. Identify the bio-physics and benefits of laser use.
8. Distinguish between the different types of laser systems.
9. Discuss important aspects of laser safety and laser safety checklist.
10. Demonstrate patient’s safety guidelines when using lasers.
11. Identify the classifications, names, parts, materials, finishes, and uses of basic surgical
12. Explain the relationship between instrument type and usage.
13. Apply knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation to specific surgical procedures.
14. Demonstrate the ability to properly utilize surgical instruments in a laboratory and clinical
15. Select the instruments, supplies and equipment needed for a surgical procedure.
16. Describe the use of instruments and supplies.
17. Analyze and assess the factors that influence the closure of each wound layer.
18. Compare and contrast suture materials, suture sizing and suture coatings and analyze their
19. Demonstrate proper suture selection, preparation, handling and cutting techniques.
20. Diagram and describe needle points and needle bodies and demonstrate the proper
placement, handling, loading and disposal of surgical needles.
21. Evaluate various applications of surgical stapling instruments and demonstrate proper
assembly of stapling instrumentation.
22. Compare and contrast reusable and disposable surgical stapling instruments and analyze the
advantages and disadvantages of utilizing surgical staplers and ligating clips.
23. Compare and contrast biological adhesives and synthetic adhesives.
24. Analyze and evaluate various tissue repair and replacement materials.
25. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the repair and replacement materials.
26. Discuss the specific applications of synthetic mesh.
27. Distinguish between the different types and characteristics of surgical sponges.
28. Evaluate the purposes of surgical dressings.
29. Analyze the importance of surgical dressing to postoperative wound care.
30. Compare and contrast the most commonly used types of surgical and specialty dressings.
31. Describe the importance of proper surgical dressing application techniques.
32. Apply proper principles of sterile technique and demonstrate the application of commonly used
types of surgical and specialty dressings.
33. Compare and contrast commonly used surgical packings.
34. Discuss the purposes and legal responsibilities of counts.
35. Describe the techniques used to prevent foreign body retention.
36. Discuss when counts should be performed.
37. Describe methods for counting.
38. Demonstrate the procedure for counting instruments, sponges, sharps and other items on the
39. Compare and contrast they types, characteristics and safety precautions of various catheters
and drainage devices.
40. Correlate the correct drainage device for each drain.
41. Compare and contrast the conceptual differences between gravity and vacuum drainage.
42. Prepare catheters and drains for intraoperative use.
43. Prepare anchoring devices for drains.
44. Describe various types of draping material used in surgical procedures.
45. Select the appropriate drapes for specific positions and surgical procedures.
46. Demonstrate the aseptic principles of draping the patient, equipment, and furniture.
47. Describe placing and securing supplies and equipment for use on the sterile field.
48. Demonstrate techniques for preparing the sterile field.
49. Explain methods for monitoring the sterile field.
45. Apply the principles of asepsis to the practice of sterile technique.
50. Demonstrate the duties of the scrub and circulating surgical technologists preoperatively, intra-
operatively, and post-operatively.
51. Assess and anticipate the needs of the surgical team.
52. Integrate variations of case management according to the surgical procedure.
53. Demonstrate postoperative case management duties in an organized manner.
54. Apply standard precautions to the performance of perioperative case management activities.
Surgical Technologist - CTTC

Surgical Technologist - NBSTSA


Surgical Technologist Skill Standards

- Aligns with the Association of Surgical

Surgical Technologist (NBSTSA)

Technologist - CTTC
Surgical Technology Series - MAVCC

AST Core Curriculum

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Support Services Central Sterile Processing Technician
Health Science Therapeutic Services Surgical Technologist (Accredited Program)