May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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AHST 216 - Surgical Techniques II

Credit(s): 3

Prerequisite(s):  AHST 116 , AHST 201 .
Corequisite(s): AHST 202 , AHST 250 , and BIOH 113 .
A continuation of AHST 116 , this course presents a study of basic patient care and advocacy in the peri-operative setting as performed by the surgical technologist, emphasizing medical terminology, pharmacological and anesthesia applications, environmental and workplace safety, basic math, weights and measurements, robotics, electricity, and physics, syringes/hypodermic needles, and sterilization methods. In addition, students will present a PowerPoint presentation on a surgical procedure. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Identify and understand medical abbreviations and medical terms.
  • Understand the concerns for pre-operative medications, types of anesthetics, and various agents used in anesthesiology.
  • Distinguish among the types of common drugs used in surgery and the care and handling of medications; Discuss ways of developing good safety attitude and personal safety guidelines.
  • Describe OSHA and its role in the workplace.
  • Apply knowledge to solve basic math problems, metric equivalents for weight, capacity, and metric abbreviations.
  • Distinguish between types of syringes and their uses, and demonstrate ability to draw up and receive medication onto the sterile field.
  • Define electricity and identify components of an electrosurgical system.
  • Use physics in performing tasks as a surgical technologist.
  • Identify the basic components and mechanisms of surgical robotic systems and the purpose of each, apply the laws of motion to robotic movements, and to describe the uses of robotics for safe patient care.
  • Discuss and demonstrate sterilization and disinfection methods and operating room sanitation.

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