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Patient Care Technician Student Learning Outcomes

Patient Care Technician graduates will:

  • Identify the members of the surgical team
  • List the tasks of an operating room patient care technician
  • Interpret a surgery schedule
  • Summarize medical terms used in the operating room
  • Describe the growth requirements for microorganisms
  • Describe signs and symptoms of infection
  • Summarize the importance of complying with Standard Precautions
  • List some common pathogens
  • Compare and contrast the difference between medical and surgical asepsis in the operating room environment
  • Summarize the importance of frequent handwashing
  • Describe the proper attire for operating room patient care technicians inside and outside of the surgical suite
  • Identify traffic patterns for restricted, semi-restricted, and non-restricted areas of the operating room
  • Describe general cleaning and disinfection of the operating room
  • List major sources of contamination in the surgical suite
  • Demonstrate how to do the surgical hand scrub and the patient surgical skin/shave preparation
  • Demonstrate both the open and closed method of donning surgical gloves
  • Describe the layout of a typical operating room
  • Identify standard operating room furniture, equipment, and their purposes
  • Summarize the safety hazards and methods of prevention that an operating room patient care technician may encounter while on the job
  • Demonstrate proper technique in transporting patients to the operating room
  • List common surgical subspecialties and needs for each of these specialties
  • Identify emergencies that may occur in the operating room and some expectations associated with each of these emergencies
  • Demonstrate proper preparation of operating rooms and case carts
  • Demonstrate opening the sterile field and supplies
  • List common hospital codes and the role of the operating room patient care technician in each of these codes

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