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Before you can begin to perform the duties of a scrub technician, you must perform the surgical scrub and don a sterile gown and gloves. At certain points in the procedure of donning a gown, you and the other "sterile" team members should be assisted by the operating room specialist assigned to circulate or the circulating RN. Whenever you are assigned to scrub for more than one case, you must remove your gown and gloves using special techniques devised to keep you from touching the contaminated side of the gown and gloves.

Study of material in this text will acquaint you with appropriate techniques and procedures for the performance of these tasks. This text is directed primarily to the operating room specialist assigned to scrub, but it also includes instruction concerning the important tasks to be performed by the specialist assigned as the assistant circulator. Because assignments to scrub or to circulate for surgery are made on a rotating basis, you (the operating room specialist) should study all of the text material carefully.

This subcourse consists of one lesson and an examination. The lesson is:

Lesson 1. Scrub, Gown, and Glove Procedures.

Credit Awarded:

Upon successful completion of this subcourse, you will be awarded 4 credit hours.

Materials Furnished:

Materials provided include this booklet, an examination answer sheet, and an envelope. Answer sheets are not provided for individual lessons in this subcourse because you are to grade your own lessons. Exercises and solutions for all lessons are contained in this booklet. You must furnish a #2 pencil.

Procedures for Subcourse Completion:

When you have completed the lesson to your satisfaction, fill out the examination answer sheet and mail it to the AMEDDC&S, along with the Student Comment Sheet, in the envelope provided. Be sure that your social security number is on all correspondence sent to the AMEDDC&S. You will be notified by return mail of the examination results. Your grade on the examination will be your rating for the subcourse.

Study Suggestions:

Students who desire credit hours for this correspondence subcourse must meet eligibility requirements and must enroll through the Nonresident Instruction Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S). For further information, click here.

Examination Answer Sheets and Student Comment Forms are available by downloading the original correspondence course manual and printing the forms from it. The manual is available here.

Here are some suggestions that may be helpful to you in completing this subcourse:

--Read and study the lesson carefully.

-- After completing the lesson, work the exercises at the end of the lesson, marking your answers in this booklet.

--After completing the lesson exercises, compare your answers with those on the solution sheet, which follows the exercises. If you have answered an exercise incorrectly, check the reference cited after the answer on the solution sheet to determine why your response was not the correct one.

-- When you have completed the lesson, complete the examination. Mark your answers in this booklet; then transfer your responses to the examination answer sheet using a #2 pencil and mail it to the AMEDDC&S for grading.

Student Comment Sheet:

Be sure to provide us with your suggestions and criticisms by filling out the Student Comment Sheet (found at the back of this booklet) and returning it to us with your examination answer sheet. Please review this comment sheet before studying this subcourse. In this way, you will help us to improve the quality of this subcourse.


After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

1-1. Select safe, effective procedures and techniques for performing a surgical scrub and donning sterile gown and gloves.

1-2. Assist other members of the "sterile" team in donning gown and gloves.

1-3. Select appropriate procedures for removing gown and gloves between cases.




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