Surgical Technology Department Surgical Technology Clinical Case Requirment
Clinical case requirement for successful completion of the program, as defined in the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6e (CCST6e).
Total number of Cases Required 120 Minimum number of First Scrub 80 Maximum # of Second Scrub Cases that can be applied towards 120 cases required 40
Total number of General 30 Minimum # of First Scrub Cases 20 Maximum # of Second Scrub Cases 10
Total number of Specialty 90 Minimum # of First Scrub Cases 60 Maximum # of Second Scrub Cases 30
First and Second Scrub Role and Observation Descriptions a) First Scrub Role The student surgical technologist shall perform the following duties during any given surgical procedure with proficiency. A student not meeting the five criteria below cannot count the case in the first scrub role and the case must be documented in the second scrub role or observation role. i. Verify supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure. ii. Set up the sterile field with instruments, supplies, equipment, medication(s) and solutions needed for the procedure. iii. Perform counts with the circulator prior to the procedure and before the incision is closed. iv. Pass instruments and supplies to the sterile surgical team members during the procedure. v. Maintain sterile technique as measured by recognized breaks in technique and demonstrate knowledge of how to correct with appropriate technique. b) Second Scrub Role The student surgical technologist who is at the sterile field and has not met all criteria for the first scrub role, but actively participates in the surgical procedure in its entirety by completing any of the following: i. Sponging ii. Suctioning iii. Cutting suture iv. Holding retractors v. Manipulating endoscopic camera c) Observation Role The student surgical technologist who is in the operating room performing roles that do not meet the criteria for the first or second scrub role are observers. These observation cases are not to be included in the required minimum total case count, but must be documented by the program.