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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Fall 2016
Course Number:
OMT 209
Course Title:
Surgical Assisting Procedures
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Addresses the technician's role in assisting in minor office surgeries, hospital-based OR or ASC surgery and laser procedures. Include aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning and gloving, sterilization of instruments, proper disposition of supplies/medications and regulations pertaining to surgical centers. Covers intraocular injections and refractive surgery. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Use universal precautions to safely assist the ophthalmic surgeon during surgery.
2. Accurately and efficiently set up a minor surgical suite.
3. Identify ophthalmic instruments and apply proper care and sterilization.
4. Use and understanding of necessary safety precautions required for laser procedures.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The instructor will outline the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a grade at the beginning of the course. Assessment methods may include written and practical examination, written report, quizzes, and laboratory modules. Evaluation of problem solving skills, team work, attendance, laboratory performance and communication skills may also be included. All laboratory exercises must be completed satisfactorily to achieve a passing grade.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content OMT 209 Surgical Assisting

  • Asepsis and sterile technique
  • Scrub, gown and glove procedures
  • Surgical prep and ophthalmic draping
  • Equipment, supplies and medications
  • Care and handling of microsurgical instruments
  • Surgical patient care
  • Vital sign measurement
  • Laser technology
  • Highlights of ocular surgeries


  • List methods of disinfecting and sterilization including preparation and cleaning.
  • Discuss the importance of surgical site identification.
  • Demonstrate how to prepare items for sterilization.
  • Explain guidelines for packing and loading the sterilizer.
  • Describe operation room sanitation procedures.
  • List sources of contamination, and infection control measures.
  • Define principles of aseptic technique.
  • Explain all aspects of a sterile field.
  • Demonstrate practical applications of sterile technique.
  • Outline methods of opening and distributing sterile goods.
  • Define terminology associated with asepsis and sterile technique.
  • Review historical concepts and background of infection control.
  • Describe types of operating room attire.
  • Perform the surgical scrub procedure.
  • Demonstrate gowning and gloving one self and others.
  • Define the rationale for and demonstrate the procedure for removing gown and gloves aseptically.
  • Demonstrate positioning of patients for ophthalmic procedures.
  • Use aseptic technique and universal precautions to draw up medication.
  • Define intra-operative care.
  • Perform pre-surgical preparation of the eye and face.
  • Demonstrate the general principles of draping.
  • Describe equipment and supplies used in common ophthalmic surgical procedures.
  • Define the types and sizes of eye suture materials and needles.
  • Outline suggested basic and emergency eye instrument trays.
  • Describe medications commonly used in eye procedures.
  • Describe the proper method to inventory clinical supplies and medications.
  • Define safety/security procedures regarding disposition of medications.
  • Classify medication as to shelf life/expiration dates.
  • Describe techniques for cleaning instruments in the operating room.
  • State the steps in preparing a set of instruments.
  • State the steps in cleaning and sterilizing instruments.
  • Describe the proper care of gem blades.
  • State ways to store surgical instruments.
  • Define a qualified maintenance and troubleshooting program.
  • Identify questions commonly asked by patients regarding ocular surgery.
  • Discuss the various types of anesthesia for ocular surgery.
  • State the technician's role in the care of a post operative patient.
  • List the four components of measuring vital signs.
  • Demonstrate proper measurement of pulse rate, respiration rate, body temperature and blood pressure.
  • List the normal rate of pulse, respiration, body temperature and the normal values of blood pressure.
  • Describe how ophthalmic lasers work.
  • Define the types of lasers including YAG, Argon, etc.
  • List advantages of laser surgery.
  • Describe the proper use of safety precautions with laser use.
  • Define the role of the ophthalmic medical technician when the laser is used
  • Describe the role of the technician during refractive surgical procedures
  • Describe and explain the use of the following surgical equipment:  phacoemulsifier, vitrectomy units, and laser automated keratometer
  • Define the role of a surgical scrub technician.
  • Describe all types of intraocular injections.
  • Explain precautions and preparations for PDT procedures.