A CST Practice Exam Quiz!

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A CST Practice Exam Quiz!

The primary function of a certified surgical technologist is to assist surgeons and other medical practitioners in operating rooms. They help patients get ready to undergo surgical procedures. For you to qualify and become a surgical technologist, you need to ensure that you pass the CST exam. Give it a shot and see how well prepared you are to tackle the finals. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the best shielding against gamma rays?
    • A. 

      Tin

    • B. 

      Lead

    • C. 

      Steel

    • D. 

      Rubber

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is an acceptable placement area for the electrosurgical ground pad for a patient in the lithotomy position?
    • A. 

      Upper arm

    • B. 

      Upper buttock

    • C. 

      Anterior thigh

    • D. 

      Posterior shoulder

  • 3. 
    What is the position of choice for breast surgery?
    • A. 

      Prone

    • B. 

      Dorsal Recumbent

    • C. 

      Lateral

    • D. 

      Lithotomy

  • 4. 
    When an anesthetized patient's position is changed from lithotomy to supine, the patient's leg shold be lowered slowly to prevent:
    • A. 

      Hypertension

    • B. 

      Laryngospasm

    • C. 

      Respiratory

    • D. 

      Circulatory depression

  • 5. 
    Hair removed during preparation for cranial surgery should be:
    • A. 

      Discarded

    • B. 

      Sent to pathology

    • C. 

      Saved for possible transplant

    • D. 

      Saved because it is personal property

  • 6. 
    Which of the following increases air contamination in the operating room?
    • A. 

      Restricting traffic

    • B. 

      Damp dusting with a germicidal solution

    • C. 

      Air pressure less than in the outside hall

    • D. 

      Air pressure greater than in the outside hall

  • 7. 
    What is the purpose of changing to scrub clothes to enter the operating room?
    • A. 

      Uniform standarization

    • B. 

      Prevention of cross-contamination

    • C. 

      Identification of operating room personnel

    • D. 

      Prevention of contamination of personal clothing

  • 8. 
    What is the standard temperature in an operating room?
    • A. 

      15 to 19 degrees C (59 to 66 degrees F)

    • B. 

      20 to 24 degrees C (68 to 75 degrees F)

    • C. 

      25 to 29 degrees C (77 to 84 degrees F)

    • D. 

      30 to 34 degrees C (86 to 93 degrees F)

  • 9. 
    The lower leg of a patient in the lateral position for kidney surgery should be:
    • A. 

      Flexed

    • B. 

      Extended

    • C. 

      Abducted

    • D. 

      Externally Rotated

  • 10. 
    What is the position of choice for dilation and curettage?
    • A. 

      Sims

    • B. 

      Supine

    • C. 

      Kraske

    • D. 

      Lithotomy

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      Drape with an opening that allows exposure of the operative site

    • B. 

      Drape split in the middle, resulting in two tails

    • C. 

      Drape used to cover the operating table, instrument table, and body regions

    • D. 

      Self-adhering plastic drape used to cover and extremity

  • 12. 
    The scrub cap is applied by operating room personnel:
    • A. 

      After application of the scrub suit

    • B. 

      After application of the mask

    • C. 

      Before application of the scrub suit

    • D. 

      Before entering an unrestricted area

  • 13. 
    Which item is required when setting up for a D&C?
    • A. 

      Stirrups

    • B. 

      Cell-saver unit

    • C. 

      Cassette holder

    • D. 

      Electrosurgery unit

  • 14. 
    What is the usual position chosen for hemorrhoidectomy?
    • A. 

      Lateral

    • B. 

      Jack-knife

    • C. 

      Knee-chest

    • D. 

      Supine

  • 15. 
    When donning gloves using the open-gloving technique, which of the following will the ungloved hand touch?
    • A. 

      Under the cuff of the glove

    • B. 

      Outer side of the sterile glove

    • C. 

      Cutted edge nearest the glove palm

    • D. 

      Folded edges of the cuff of the glove

  • 16. 
    What position of choice for a transurethral porstatectomy (TURP)?
    • A. 

      Sims

    • B. 

      Lateral

    • C. 

      Lithotomy

    • D. 

      Supine

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is a normal adult white blood cell count?
    • A. 

      1000 to 2000

    • B. 

      5000 to 9000

    • C. 

      12000 to 15000

    • D. 

      20000 to 25000

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is the ideal immediate preoperative enviroment for a patient?
    • A. 

      Room dimly lighted and quiet

    • B. 

      Room brightly lighted and quiet

    • C. 

      Overhead light on and door open

    • D. 

      Cool room, patient covered with wool blanket

  • 19. 
    Which of the following itens should be used to transport a patient in traction?
    • A. 

      Bed

    • B. 

      Stretcher

    • C. 

      Wheelchair

    • D. 

      Fracture table

  • 20. 
    If the adult patient refuses a blood transfusion, the hospital SHOULD:
    • A. 

      Give no blood

    • B. 

      Give blood only in an emergency

    • C. 

      Give blood only after sedation

    • D. 

      Perform no operation that may require a transfusion

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is the most common straight cathether used prior to laparsocopic gynecological surgery in the OR?
    • A. 

      Foley

    • B. 

      Pezzer

    • C. 

      Malecot

    • D. 

      Robinson

  • 22. 
    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

  • 23. 
    Which of the following procedures is proper for an informed consent?
    • A. 

      The patient is asked to sign the operative permit after the surgeon has explained the procedure

    • B. 

      The circulator is ultimately responsible for obtaining the signed consent

    • C. 

      The patient is asked to read the entire form after signing it

    • D. 

      The operative permit is witnessed by one member of the patient's family

  • 24. 
    What area of the body is prepped for an ORIF of the humerus?
    • A. 

      Leg, foot to knee

    • B. 

      Leg, foot to hip

    • C. 

      Arm, fingers to shoulder

    • D. 

      Arm, fingers to elbow

  • 25. 
    Which item may be used in positioning a patient for a total hip replacement?
    • A. 

      Stirrups

    • B. 

      Wilson frame

    • C. 

      Andrews frame

    • D. 

      Beanbag