Open splenectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in an emergent setting. Surgeons perform this procedure in the operating room with the assistance of a certified surgical technologist (CST) or certified surgical first assistant (CSFA). CSTs and CSFAs need continuing education hours in many different educational areas to increase their knowledge base.
This course aims to provide surgical technologists with accurate information about the surgical procedure of open splenectomy, its indications, the techniques involved, and potential complications.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Open Splenectomy
Anatomical Position of the Spleen
Indications for Splenectomy
Mobilization of Spleen
Partial Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
Completion and Closure
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Splenectomy Case Study
Section 4: Conclusion
Rhiannon Winsor is a subject matter expert in the field of surgical technology and higher education. She has an associate degree in Surgical Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing, a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a doctorate in Education with an emphasis in teaching and learning in higher education. She is a certified surgical technologist (CST) and a certified registered sterile processing technician (CRCST). She has 24 years of experience in the field of surgical technology, in which 12 of those years have been spent teaching in and managing surgical technology programs. She has working knowledge in the areas of orthopedics, general, obstetrics, gynecology, plastics, podiatry, sports medicine, neurology, genitourinary, peripheral vascular, ENT, maxillofacial and laparoscopic surgery. Disclosure: Rhiannon Winsor, Ed.D, MBA, CST, CRCST has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE
Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE is a SME writer for Relias with over 16 years of acute care experience in nursing. She is licensed as a professional registered nurse in the State of New York. She obtained her OCN certification in 2008. She has served in several leadership roles in the acute care setting, within the Medical Surgical Division, mentoring nurses in renal and oncology specialties and in the role of nurse educator. She has been involved in various institutional committees and quality improvement projects. Monica earned a master’s degree in nursing education from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In 2017 she obtained a CNE certification by the National League for Nursing. Monica is passionate about professional nursing standards, fostering an environment of continuous lifelong learning as an instrument to improve patient care.Disclosure: Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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