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SURG 1055 - Introduction to Surgical Patient Care Techniques

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Surgical Technology Program; ENGL 1180  or ENGL 1210 BIOL 2400  or BIOL 2730 BIOL 2710 , HHSC 1700 , SURG 1050 , SURG 1060 , and SURG 1070  all with grade C or better, or grade Pass (if the course is a Pass/Fail course); and proof of current AHA/BLS certification

Corequisites: SURG 1200 SURG 1250 , and SURG 1265  

(formerly SURG 1051)

SURG 1055 introduces students to the environment of the operating room with an emphasis on patient safety and on the standards of care required for the surgical patient. This course includes pre-surgical testing and basic and special diagnostic and laboratory studies performed to determine patient diagnosis. Students will be introduced to special equipment used in the operating room. Additional topics include preoperative preparation of the patient, transport, transfer, positioning, catheterization, routine skin preparation, and draping. Types of surgical incisions, exposure, hemostasis, wound closure techniques, sutures, needles, stapling devices, tissue replacement materials, wound management, factors influencing wound healing, dressings, and drains will be identified.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize various specialty equipment in the operating room.


  1. Demonstrate proper care, handling techniques, and safety precautions of special equipment utilized in OR practice.
  2. Describe the application of thermoregulatory devices.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to integrate the results of diagnostic studies in relationship to patient diagnosis.


  1. Discuss laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures used to establish patient diagnosis.
  2. Determine how diagnostic studies impact surgical intervention.
  3. Identify significance and various methods of specimen collection in determining proper diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the mechanisms of wound healing.


  1. Define the 4 classifications of wounds.
  2. Describe the characteristics of inflammation.
  3. Identify the phases of wound healing.
  4. Identify factors influencing wound healing.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe various wound closure techniques.


  1. Describe different types of surgical needles.
  2. Compare natural and synthetic absorbable suture materials.
  3. Explain various methods of surgical stapling.
  4. Outline proper suture selection.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to outline various incisions used to provide optimum exposure during surgical procedures.


  1. Explain basic surgical incisions.
  2. Describe principles of exposure.
  3. Identify criteria used to select items to optimize exposure.
  4. Identify tissue layers associated with each incision.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare and contrast different types of solutions and techniques for skin preparation for surgery. 


  1. Explain the purpose and use of indwelling urinary catheterization in preparation for surgical procedures. 
  2. Demonstrate the urinary catheterization procedure.
  3. List different chemical agents used for skin preparation.
  4. Describe the steps for surgical skin preparation.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply proper techniques in patient positioning for various types of surgical procedures.


  1. Demonstrate the principles of transportation and transfer of the surgical patient.
  2. Apply the principles of surgical positioning.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
UNIT I. General Patient Care and Safety
Pre-surgical testing, diagnostic and laboratory tests
Preoperative preparation of the patient
Patient transfer
Urinary catheterization
Patient positioning
Prepping or the operative site

UNIT II. Wound Management
Wound healing
Stapling devices
Care of specimens
Wound drains
Collection devices

UNIT III. Specialty Equipment
Principles of Electricity

UNIT IV. Diagnostic procedures

Primary Faculty
Ness, Elizabeth
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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