CST Practice Exam Test

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CST Practice Exam Test - Quiz

Get ready to take our CST practice exam test? 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 this quiz a shot and see how well prepared you are to tackle the finals. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    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

  • 2. 
    When an anesthetized patient's position is changed from lithotomy to supine, the patient's leg should be lowered slowly to prevent:
    • A. 

      Hypertension

    • B. 

      Laryngospasm

    • C. 

      Respiratory

    • D. 

      Circulatory depression

  • 3. 
    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

  • 4. 
    The lower leg of a patient in the lateral position for kidney surgery should be:
    • A. 

      Flexed

    • B. 

      Extended

    • C. 

      Abducted

    • D. 

      Externally Rotated

  • 5. 
    Which item is required when setting up for a D&C?
    • A. 

      Stirrups

    • B. 

      Cell-saver unit

    • C. 

      Cassette holder

    • D. 

      Electrosurgery unit

  • 6. 
    What is the usual position chosen for hemorrhoidectomy?
    • A. 

      Lateral

    • B. 

      Jack-knife

    • C. 

      Knee-chest

    • D. 

      Supine

  • 7. 
    What position of choice is for a transurethral prostatectomy (TURP)?
    • A. 

      Sims

    • B. 

      Lateral

    • C. 

      Lithotomy

    • D. 

      Supine

  • 8. 
    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

  • 9. 
    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

  • 10. 
    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

  • 11. 
    Which item may be used in positioning a patient for a total hip replacement?
    • A. 

      Stirrups

    • B. 

      Wilson frame

    • C. 

      Andrews frame

    • D. 

      Beanbag

  • 12. 
    Instruments that touch the appendix 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

  • 13. 
    In which procedure is a microscope used?
    • A. 

      Tracheostomy

    • B. 

      Radical neck

    • C. 

      Tonsillectomy

    • D. 

      Stapedectomy

  • 14. 
    Which procedure would indicate the use of a tourniquet?
    • A. 

      Patellectomy

    • B. 

      ORIF hip

    • C. 

      Arthroscopy of shoulder

    • D. 

      Femoral, popliteal bypass

  • 15. 
    Bleeding during a transurethral resection prostate (TURP) is controlled by:
    • A. 

      Gelfoam

    • B. 

      Irrigation

    • C. 

      Cauterization

    • D. 

      Suture ligature

  • 16. 
    Bellucci scissors are used in which of the following specialties?
    • A. 

      Gynecology

    • B. 

      Otorhinolaryngology

    • C. 

      General

    • D. 

      Plastic and reconstructive

  • 17. 
    In strabismus surgery, what is the first tissue layer that must be incised?
    • A. 

      Iris

    • B. 

      Cornea

    • C. 

      Scelera

    • D. 

      Conjunctiva

  • 18. 
    What is the suturing technique in which short lateral stitches are taken beneath the epithelial layer of skin?
    • A. 

      Purse-string

    • B. 

      Traction

    • C. 

      Mattress

    • D. 

      Subcuticular

  • 19. 
    Which of the following catheters is used for embolectomies?
    • A. 

      Foley

    • B. 

      Fogarty

    • C. 

      Malecot

    • D. 

      Angiocath

  • 20. 
    Which of the following instruments should be on a set-up for a TURP?
    • A. 

      Lithotrite

    • B. 

      Urethrotome

    • C. 

      Resectoscope

    • D. 

      Gaylor biopsy forceps

  • 21. 
    Which of the following instruments has teeth?
    • A. 

      Allis

    • B. 

      Mixter

    • C. 

      Babcock

    • D. 

      Mosquito

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is the active electrode on the electrosurgical unit?
    • A. 

      Wall plug

    • B. 

      Grounding pad

    • C. 

      Pencil

    • D. 

      Voltage intensity dial

  • 23. 
    When a cholecystectomy is performed, what anatomical structure must always be preserved?
    • A. 

      Cystic duct

    • B. 

      Cystic vein

    • C. 

      Common duct

    • D. 

      Cystic artery

  • 24. 
    Kelly clamps are primarily used for:
    • A. 

      Grasping

    • B. 

      Crushing

    • C. 

      Exposure

    • D. 

      Hemostasis

  • 25. 
    In order to prevent a loop colostomy from sliding back into the abdominal cavity, it may be supported with a(n):
    • A. 

      Stone clamp

    • B. 

      Adaptic gauze

    • C. 

      Montgomery strap

    • D. 

      Plastic or glass rod