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Surgical Technology

Principles and Practice

Deliver the best patient care before, during, and after surgery with this straightforward, step-by-step guide to surgical skills and operating room procedures. It provides comprehensive coverage of all the updated AST Core Curriculum, 6th Edition components - health care sciences, technological sciences, patient care concepts, surgical technology, and surgical procedures. A mentoring approach makes even complex skills and techniques easy to understand. User-friendly features such as full-color illustrations, chapter outlines and summaries, review questions, critical thinking exercises, and technique boxes help you focus on the most important concepts and make it easier to retain and recall critical information.


Published: October 2012

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-323-08990-6


  • Part I: Surgical Technology Principles

    1. The Surgical Technologist

    2. Communication and Teamwork

    3. Law, Documentation and Professional Ethics

    4. The Healthcare Facility

    • Perioperative Environment
    • Facility Departments and Functions
    • Healthcare Administration

    5. NEW! Disaster Preparedness and Response

    6. The Patient

    7. Diagnostic and Assessment Procedures

    8. Environmental Hazards

    9. Microbes and the Process of Infection

    10. The Principles and Practice of Aseptic Technique

    11. Decontamination, Sterilization, and Disinfection

    12. Surgical Instruments

    13. Perioperative Pharmacology

    14. Anesthesia and Physiological Monitoring

    15. Post Anesthesia Recovery

    16. Death and Dying

    17. Physics and Information Technology

    18. Energy Sources in Surgery

    19. Moving, Handling, and Positioning the Surgical Patient

    20. Surgical Skin Prep and Draping

    21. Case Planning and Intraoperative Roles

    22. Management of the Surgical Wound

    Part II: Surgical Technology Practice

    23. General Surgery

    • Abdominal Wall
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Surgery of the Biliary System, Liver, Pancreas, and Spleen
    • Breast Surgery

    24. Minimally Invasive Endoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Surgery

    25. Gynecological and Obstetrical Surgery

    • Gynecological Surgery
    • Obstetrical Surgery

    26.Genitourinary Surgery

    27. Ophthalmic Surgery

    28. Surgery of the Ear, Nose, Pharynx, and Larynx

    • The Ear
    • Surgery of the Nasal Cavity, Oropharynx, and Larynx
    • The Neck

    29. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    30. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    31. Orthopedic Surgery

    32. Peripheral Vascular Surgery

    33. Thoracic and Pulmonary Surgery

    34. Cardiac Surgery

    35. Pediatric Surgery

    36. Neurosurgery

    37. NEW! Trauma Surgery



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