CST Practice Exam (A)

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following is the opening in the occipital bone through which the spinal cord passes?
    • A. 

      Foramen ovale

    • B. 

      Foramen magnum

    • C. 

      Foramen rotundum

    • D. 

      Foramen of Bochdalek

  • 2. 
    Sterile supplies and instruments for a case have been opened in OR 1. A surgical technologist was just informed that the case has been moved to OR 2 and the next case in OR 1 is scheduled in two hours. Which of the following is the BEST course of action?
    • A. 

      Cover the sterile field with a sterile drape and move it from OR 1 to OR 2.

    • B. 

      New sterile supplies and instruments should be obtained for OR 2 and the setup in OR 1 should be disposed of.

    • C. 

      OR 1 should be left so that these supplies and instruments can be used by the next case.

    • D. 

      The surgical technologist should argue that the procedure be held in OR 1 as planned.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is the body's local tissue reaction to injury?
    • A. 

      Fever

    • B. 

      Infection

    • C. 

      Inflammation

    • D. 

      Immune reaction

  • 4. 
    Which of the following instruments is used for a common bile duct exploration?
    • A. 

      Fogarty clamp

    • B. 

      Randall forceps

    • C. 

      Pennington clamp

    • D. 

      Forester ring forceps

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is the MOST important consideration when cutting suture?
    • A. 

      Avoiding the knot

    • B. 

      Using sharp scissors

    • C. 

      Opening the scissors wide when cutting

    • D. 

      Tagging the end of suture to be cut with a hemostat

  • 6. 
    Which of the following structures are ligated and divided during the cholecystectomy?
    • A. 

      Cystic artery and cystic duct

    • B. 

      Hepatic artery and hepatic duct

    • C. 

      Cystic artery and common bile duct

    • D. 

      Hepatic artery and pancreatic duct

  • 7. 
    Which of the following may be used when applying a sterile dressing to a skin graft site?
    • A. 

      Pressure dressing

    • B. 

      ABD pad

    • C. 

      4x4's

    • D. 

      Steri-strips

  • 8. 
    When performing a dilation and curettage, which of the following instruments is used to grasp the cervix?
    • A. 

      Sims

    • B. 

      Auvard

    • C. 

      Schroeder

    • D. 

      Bozeman

  • 9. 
    On the way into the operating room, a terminally ill patient tells the nurse, "No matter what happens, it will be okay." Which of the Five Stages of Grief is the patient MOST likely in?
    • A. 

      Denial

    • B. 

      Bargaining

    • C. 

      Depression

    • D. 

      Acceptance

  • 10. 
    Which of the following instruments is used for placement of cottonoid strips during a craniotomy?
    • A. 

      Bayonet forceps

    • B. 

      Russian forceps

    • C. 

      Kelly clamp

    • D. 

      Angled DeBakey clamp

  • 11. 
    When two individuals in sterile attire pass one another in the sterile field, they should
    • A. 

      Pass back to back

    • B. 

      Both face the wall

    • C. 

      Pass side to side

    • D. 

      Both face the sterile field

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is used to oxygenate and circulate blood?
    • A. 

      Doppler ultrasound

    • B. 

      Defibrillator

    • C. 

      Extracorporeal bypass

    • D. 

      Autotransfuser

  • 13. 
    The PRIMARY consideration in selecting an appropriate anesthetic agent is the
    • A. 

      Physiologic condition of the patient

    • B. 

      Length of the procedure

    • C. 

      Type of the procedure

    • D. 

      Anxiety level of the patient

  • 14. 
    If two basins are wrapped together for sterilizing, they should be packaged with one basin
    • A. 

      Stacked inside the other and separated by impervious material

    • B. 

      On it's side and the other upside down

    • C. 

      Stacked inside the other and wrapped in a towel

    • D. 

      Stacked inside the other and separated by a towel

  • 15. 
    Which of the following items may be used in positioning a patient for a total hip arthroplasty?
    • A. 

      Fracture table

    • B. 

      Wilson frame

    • C. 

      Andrews frame

    • D. 

      Bean bag

  • 16. 
    A surgical technologist sees a neighbor being admitted. How should the surgical technologist respond?
    • A. 

      Acknowledge the neighbor.

    • B. 

      Reassure the neighbor that everything will be fine.

    • C. 

      Do not acknowledge the neighbor unless greeted first.

    • D. 

      Ignore the neighbor, even if greeted.

  • 17. 
    Instruments that come in contact with the appendiceal stump during an appendectomy should be
    • A. 

      Placed in a separate basin

    • B. 

      Wiped with a saline sponge

    • C. 

      Returned to the Mayo stand

    • D. 

      Wiped with an alcohol sponge

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is the MOST serious complication of a strangulated hernia?
    • A. 

      Shock

    • B. 

      Necrosis

    • C. 

      Infection

    • D. 

      Hemorrhage

  • 19. 
    Which of the following techniques is NOT acceptable for draping the patient?
    • A. 

      Hold the drapes high until directly over the patient.

    • B. 

      Protect the gloved hands by cuffing the drapes.

    • C. 

      Readjust the drapes as necessary after placement.

    • D. 

      Place the drapes on a dry area.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following structures is separated first when a paramedian incision is performed?
    • A. 

      Peritoneum

    • B. 

      Transverse abdominis

    • C. 

      External oblique

    • D. 

      Rectus abdominis

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is MOST likely to be used to stabilize a cervical fracture?
    • A. 

      Kirschner wire

    • B. 

      Hoffman device

    • C. 

      Steinmann pins

    • D. 

      Mayfield clamp

  • 22. 
    During a transurethral resection of the prostate, bleeding is controlled by
    • A. 

      Gelfoam

    • B. 

      Irrigation

    • C. 

      Cauterization

    • D. 

      Suture ligature

  • 23. 
    To prevent contamination at the end of a surgical procedure, which of the following should be removed LAST by the surgical technologist in the scrub role?
    • A. 

      Patient's drapes

    • B. 

      Surgical gloves

    • C. 

      Surgical gown

    • D. 

      Mayo stand drape

  • 24. 
    In order to remove a portion of the kidney, the surgeon must enter which of the following?
    • A. 

      Synovial membrane

    • B. 

      Gerota's fascia

    • C. 

      Hesselbach's triangle

    • D. 

      Suprapleural membrane

  • 25. 
    Which of the following is the MOST common straight catheter used prior to laparoscopic gynecological surgery in the OR?
    • A. 

      Foley

    • B. 

      Pezzer

    • C. 

      Malecot

    • D. 

      Robinson

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