i 3.50 Hours

Course Overview

Modified radical mastectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries on women with operable breast cancer. Surgeons can perform this procedure in the operating room with the assistance of a CST or CSFA. CSTs and CSFAs need continuing education hours in many different educational areas to increase their knowledge.
The goal of this course is to provide surgical technologists in the operating room with information about modified radical mastectomy, when it is performed, and its potential complications.

About the Course Author

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.

Monica Caicedo Orellana, MS, RN, OCN, CNE has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Ms. Winsor is the Surgical Technology Program Director at Pima Medical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has an associate degree in Surgical Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing, and a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education. She is a certified surgical technologist (CST) and a certified registered sterile processing technician (CRCST). She has 21 years of experience in the field of surgical technology, in which 10 of those years have been spent teaching in and managing surgical technology programs. She is a subject matter expert with working knowledge in the areas of orthopedics, general, obstetrics, gynecology, plastics, podiatry, sports medicine, neurology, genitourinary, peripheral vascular, ENT, maxillofacial and laparoscopic surgery. Rhiannon Winsor, CST, TS-C, CRCST, MBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Association of Surgical Technologists


    This course is approved for surgical techs from 04/01/2021 to 03/31/2024.

    Review Date: 3/10/2021

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Identify how a patient is positioned for a modified radical mastectomy.; List the equipment required for a modified radical mastectomy; Recognize steps of the surgical procedure, as well as special techniques and measures to prevent seeding of cancer cells.
  • Outline:

    Assisting with a Modified Radical Mastectomy
    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Modified Radical Mastectomy
    Breast Cancer Statistics
    Breast Anatomy
    Blood Supply & Innervation
    Modified Radical Mastectomy
    Indications for Modified Radical Mastectomy
    Indications for Axillary Node Dissection
    Procedure Workup and Planning
    General Supplies
    Skin Graft Supplies
    Preparation for the Procedure
    Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB)
    Split Thickness Skin Graft (STSG)
    Breast Reconstruction with Prosthesis
    Postoperative Course
    Increased Risk of Complications
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    A. M.
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Surgical Technologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.