Surgical Tech (Appleton & Lange) Part 4

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Surgical Technology Quizzes & Trivia

During surgery a lot of items are used by the surgeon and his team. Proper knowledge of these tools ensures no accidents occur. How conversant are you with surgical tech and medicines? Take up this fourth and final part of the series of questions and find out. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the function of an aerator in EO sterilization?
    • A. 

      It is used to aerate items before sterilization

    • B. 

      It is a separate unit used to decrease the aeration time

    • C. 

      It is the last cycle in the EO sterilizer, which helps exhaust the gas and add air

    • D. 

      It adds air to the cycle, which is essential for obtaining item sterility

  • 2. 
    Ethylene oxide destroys cells by
    • A. 

      Interfering with the normal metabolism of the protein and reproductive processes

    • B. 

      Coagulation cell protein

    • C. 

      Converting ions to thermal and chemical energy causing cell death

    • D. 

      Shrinking the cell

  • 3. 
    Activated glutaraldehyde is used to disinfect endoscopes for
    • A. 

      5 minutes

    • B. 

      10 minutes

    • C. 

      20 minutes

    • D. 

      60 minutes

  • 4. 
    When using a high-level disinfectant, always
    • A. 

      Submerge items while wet

    • B. 

      Rinse items with sterile distilled water before using

    • C. 

      Soak items in saline before using

    • D. 

      Add hot diluent to activated agent

  • 5. 
    The chemical sterilant used in the STERIS method of sterilizing is
    • A. 

      Formaldehyde

    • B. 

      Cidex

    • C. 

      Ethylene oxide

    • D. 

      Peracetic acid

  • 6. 
    The Endoflush system
    • A. 

      Flushes out a vessel interior

    • B. 

      Initially cleans reusable channeled instruments

    • C. 

      Flushes debris from bladder

    • D. 

      Cleans and sterilizes endoscopes

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is not an acceptable wrapper for gas sterilization?
    • A. 

      Nylon

    • B. 

      Muslin

    • C. 

      Paper

    • D. 

      Plastic

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is the only acceptable plastic that can be used for a steam sterilization wrapper?
    • A. 

      Polyethylene

    • B. 

      Polypropylene

    • C. 

      Polyamide

    • D. 

      Polyvinyl chloride

  • 9. 
    All of the following statements regarding muslin wrappers are true EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Muslin must be laundered, even if unused, in order to rehydrate it

    • B. 

      A 140-thread count of unbleached muslin is used for wrappers

    • C. 

      Muslin is flexible and easy to handle

    • D. 

      Small holes can be repaired by stiching on a patch

  • 10. 
    Packages wrapped in muslin must have
    • A. 

      One thickness

    • B. 

      Two thicknesses

    • C. 

      Three thicknesses

    • D. 

      Four thicknesses

  • 11. 
    The maximum storage life for a muslin wrapped item in a closed cabinet is
    • A. 

      7 days

    • B. 

      14 days

    • C. 

      21 days

    • D. 

      30 days

  • 12. 
    An item dropped on the floor is considered safe only if
    • A. 

      It is wrapped in woven material

    • B. 

      It is enclosed in an impervious material

    • C. 

      It is used right away

    • D. 

      It is inspected carefully

  • 13. 
    When using a pour solution
    • A. 

      A portion may be poured and the cap replaced

    • B. 

      The contents must be used or discarded after the bottle is opened

    • C. 

      The cap may be replaced if it has not been placed on an unsterile surface

    • D. 

      The solution may be used on the same case if the cap is not replaced

  • 14. 
    What is the standard safety margin on package wrappers?
    • A. 

      Up to the edge

    • B. 

      Less than 1 inch

    • C. 

      1 inch or more

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
    When opening a wrapper, the circulator should open the top flap
    • A. 

      Toward self

    • B. 

      Away from self

    • C. 

      After the sides

    • D. 

      Over sterile field

  • 16. 
    When the scrub nurse opens an inner sterile wrapper
    • A. 

      The side nearest the body is opened first

    • B. 

      The side nearest the body is opened last

    • C. 

      The lateral areas are done first

    • D. 

      A or B

  • 17. 
    When flipping a sterile item onto the field, the circulator may
    • A. 

      Lean over the sterile field to shake item out of package

    • B. 

      Project item without reaching over the sterile field

    • C. 

      Shake item into sterile basin stand

    • D. 

      Lean over sterile linen pack and drop item onto it

  • 18. 
    The room temperature in an operating room (OR) should be
    • A. 

      Below 50F

    • B. 

      Below 60F

    • C. 

      Between 68 and 76F

    • D. 

      Between 80 and 86F

  • 19. 
    If an OR staff member wears eyeglasses
    • A. 

      The glasses should be wiped with an antiseptic solution before each operation

    • B. 

      The glasses should be soaked for 5 minutes in an antiseptic solution before the day begins

    • C. 

      The glasses should be wiped with an antiseptic solution daily

    • D. 

      No special care is necessary

  • 20. 
    Each statement regarding OR attire is true EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Lab coats worn out of the OR suite should be clean, closed, and knee lengh

    • B. 

      Scrub suits are always changed upon re-entry to the OR suite

    • C. 

      Scrub suits may be worn out of the OR uncovered, if they are changed upon OR re-entry

    • D. 

      Nonprofessional personnel and visitors must wear approved attire in the OR

  • 21. 
    The most effective protection from the radiation of x-rays is a
    • A. 

      Lead apron

    • B. 

      Double thick mulin apron

    • C. 

      3-foot distance from machine

    • D. 

      3-foot distance from patient

  • 22. 
    It is considered good technique to
    • A. 

      Change the mask only if it becomes moistened

    • B. 

      Hang the mask around the neck

    • C. 

      Criss-cross the strings over the head

    • D. 

      Handle the mask only by the strings

  • 23. 
    Sterile gloves
    • A. 

      Should be wiped off after donning to remove lubricant

    • B. 

      Need not be wiped off

    • C. 

      Should be wiped off only in septic cases

    • D. 

      Should be wiped off only in eye cases

  • 24. 
    Electrical cords should be
    • A. 

      Removed from outlets by the cord

    • B. 

      Wrapped tightly around equipment

    • C. 

      Removed from pathways so equpment is not rolled over them

    • D. 

      Disconnected from the unit before disconnection from the wall

  • 25. 
    Scatter radiation effects are directly related to
    • A. 

      Amount of radiation

    • B. 

      Length of exposure

    • C. 

      Accumulation of radioactive substances in OR room

    • D. 

      Amount of radiation and length of exposure time