i 2.75 Hours

Course Overview

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.

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: 03/02/2021

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Identify the steps of an open splenectomy.; List the instrumentation and supplies required for an open splenectomy; Recognize spleen pathology and rationales behind an open splenectomy procedure.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Open Splenectomy
    Relevant Anatomy
    Anatomical Position of the Spleen
    Associated Vasculature
    Lymphatic Drainage
    Accessory Spleens
    Spleen Physiology
    Indications for Splenectomy
    Preoperative Workup
    Patient Preparation
    Mobilization of Spleen
    Partial Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
    Completion and Closure
    Postoperative Considerations
    Postoperative Complications
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Splenectomy Case Study
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributor
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Surgical Technologists.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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