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Prepare for Minor Surgical Procedures

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Learn how to prepare for minor surgical procedures, correctly open the surgical instrument pack, and add required sterile instruments, while using a sterile technique.

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As a nurse or medical assistant in a doctor's office, you may be asked to assist the physician with minor surgery. This module provides a detailed overview of how to prepare for minor surgical procedures, correctly open the surgical instrument pack, and add required sterile instruments, while using a sterile technique. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers two scenarios that test your ability to prepare for minor surgical procedures, specifically removing a mole and suturing a laceration. Practice the steps of the procedures as often as you want until you are confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

You’ll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • the process for opening a sterile pack and creating a sterile field
  • the processes for transferring sterile instruments and for pouring sterile solution onto a sterile field
  • to visualize the “anatomy” of a surgical pack: what it looks like before and after opening, its contents, and an example of how these and additional instruments are laid out for the physician
  • to practice and perfect your skills in preparing for a minor surgical procedure
  • correct post-procedure, recording and reporting procedures
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Open a sterile pack and create a sterile field
Step 3 - Transfer sterile instruments using forceps
Step 4 - Pour sterile solution onto a sterile field
Step 5 - Complete the setup
  • Describe the pre-procedure considerations for Prepare for Minor Surgical Procedures.
  • Describe and demonstrate the process for opening a sterile pack and creating a sterile field.
  • Describe and demonstrate the process for transferring sterile instruments.
  • Describe and demonstrate the process for pouring sterile solution onto a sterile field.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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