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Overview

Part of a crucial foundation for perioperative care, MICROBIOLOGY FOR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS, 2nd Edition helps surgical technology students understand and prevent disease transmission in clinical settings. In addition to exploring the vast microbial world, learners investigate the infectious disease process and disease pathologies, correlating them with anatomical body systems. Health and safety procedures are important topics, with key procedures for protecting patients, team members, and the students themselves. MICROBIOLOGY FOR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS, 2nd Edition is also packed with helpful extras, including colorful photos, realistic case studies, end-of-chapter questions, and special boxed features that call out interesting facts and anecdotes to highlight the importance of aseptic and sterile techniques in every surgical intervention.

Margaret Rodriguez, El Paso Community College

Margaret Rodriguez is a Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant, and a Professor in the Surgical Technology Department at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas. Joining academia after two decades scrubbing in the OR, she also taught certification preparation courses for techs at several hospitals in the El Paso area. A graduate of the El Paso Community College Surgical Technology program, she earned her BS in Occupational Career Training and Development from Texas A&M University. Ms. Rodriguez is a Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists, has served on the CSFA Exam Review Committee of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), as well as the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). For many years she served on or chaired professional organizations, including the Texas State Assembly of AST Board of Directors, National AST Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS). A prolific writer, Ms. Rodriguez’s work appears in the AST Exam Review Study Guide, AST Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist, Alexander’s Surgical Procedures, Outpatient Surgery magazine, the AST Journal, and other publications.
  • Bigger Ideas: “Big Picture” boxes in the readings introduce ideas and ask students important questions that encourage them to investigate rather than memorize key concepts.
  • New Connections: All microbiology content correlates with the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6th Edition, giving students clear direction on what matters most for their certification exams and future careers.
  • Clearer Presentation: Now consolidated, subjects are streamlined and focused into fewer chapters for easier lesson planning.
  • Current Facts: Fully updated for the modern OR, discussions and features include the latest scientific references, statistical data, and professional terminology.
  • Focus Features: “Points of Interest” sections in every chapter call out noteworthy material and surgical technology issues, helping readers see microbiology in context.
  • Med-Surg Terms: Lists of these important terms and their definitions expand student vocabularies while broadening their understanding of medical-surgical roles, responsibilities, and environments.
  • Biological Makeup: Organized logically, chapters group subjects according to broadly related microbial characteristics as well as those pathological diseases that commonly affect specific body systems.
  • Enhanced Images: Graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, and color images add even greater visual impact to readings, while helping students zero in on microbial characteristics and pathology.
  • Timely Media: Exciting discussions center on contemporary issues in media, including disease outbreaks, healthcare-acquired infections, increasing antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism, and public health crises around the world.
  • Easy Discussions: Features include “CSTs: Clinical Significance Topics,” giving you quick access to discussion topics that link chapter content to surgical technologist roles and responsibilities in perioperative settings.
  • Microscopic Topics: “Under the Microscope” case studies and questions follow every chapter, providing critical thinking opportunities for students at any point in their surgical technology program curriculum.
  • Disease Focus: Critical attention to the causative factors and preventative measures involved in disease transmission help students understand the common biological threats in perioperative environments and the outside world.
  • Interacting Functions: Chapters explore the key professionals and diagnostic processes within the clinical microbiology department, along with the interconnections between the department, operating room, and pathology departments.
1. INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY.
Microbiology and Surgical Technology. Early Pioneers of Microbiology. The Golden Age of Microbiology. Breaking the Chain of Disease Transmission.
2. THE SCIENCE OF MICROBIOLOGY.
What is Microbiology? Overview of Microbes. Taxonomy. Nomenclature.
3. THE MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY.
Microbiology Lab Personnel. Introduction to the Microscope. Units of Measure. Types of Microscopes. Laboratory Staining Methods. Culture Media. Serology. Specialized Laboratory Analyses.
4. THE PROKARYOTES.
Two Domains: Archaea and Bacteria. Anatomy of a Prokaryote.
5. THE EUKARYOTES.
Empire: Cellular. Domain: Eukarya. Microbial Relationships. Eukaryotic Microbes.
6. MICROBIAL VIABILITY AND GROWTH.
Requirements for Microbial Viability. Microbial Growth.
7. MICROBIAL GENETICS AND MUTATIONS.
Basics of Genetics. Bacterial Genetic Exchange. Genetic Mutations
8. THE EMPIRE OF VIRUSES.
Basic Virology. Common Viruses. Viroids. Prion Diseases.
9. MICROBIAL DISEASE TRANSMISSION.
Epidemiology. Pathogens.
10. PARASITES AND VECTORS.
Overview of Parasitology. Types of Human Parasites. Vectors. Host-Parasite Relationships. Survival Mechanisms. Parasitic Disease Transmission. Neglected Tropical Diseases. Neglected Parasitic Infections in the US.
11. MYCOLOGY.
Overview of Mycology. Characteristics of Fungi. Opportunistic Fungal Infections. Characteristics of Yeasts. Antifungal Resistance.
12. GRAM-POSITIVE COCCI.
Focus Groups. Staphylococci. Staphylococcal Diseases. Streptococci. Streptococcal Pathogens and Diseases. Viridans Group Streptococci. Enterococci.
13. GRAM-POSITIVE BACILLI.
Overview of Bacilli. Bacillus Anthracis. Bacillus Cereus. Listeria Species. Lactobacillus. Clostridium Species. Clostridium Tetani. Clostridium Difficile.
14. ACTINOBACTERIA.
Class: Actinobacteria. Actinomyces. Corynebacterium Species. Mycobacterium Species. Nocardia. Streptomyces.
15. GRAM-NEGATIVE COCCI AND SPIROCHETES.
Neisseriaceae Family. Neisseria. Moraxella. Spirochetes. Treponema. Borrelia. Leptospira.
16. GRAM-NEGATIVE BACILLI AND COCCOBACILLI.
Phylum: Proteobacteria. Brucellaceae. Kingella. Chromobacterium. Alcaligenaceae. Enterobacteriaceae. Moraxellaceae. Pasteurellaceae. Vibrionaceae. Aeromonadaceae. Pseudomonadaceae. Campylobacteraceae. Helicobacteraceae. Other Gram-Negative Pathogens.
17. DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY AND CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEMS.
Hematology and Serology. Transmission of Infections from Donated Blood Products. Circulatory System Infections. Blood-Brain Barrier. Infections of the Central Nervous System.
18. DISEASES OF THE SKIN AND INTERNAL TISSUES.
The Integumentary System. Indigenous Microbiota of the Skin. Bacterial Skin Infections. Fungal Skin Infections. Viral Skin Infections. Vector-Borne Skin Infections. Infections of Internal Tissues.
19. DISEASES OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL AND GENITOURINARY SYSTEMS.
The Gastrointestinal System. Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System. Diseases of the Genitourinary System. Types of Urinary Tract Infections.
20. DISEASES OF THE EYES, EARS, AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.
Diseases Involving the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Sinuses. The Respiratory System. Viral Infections of the Respiratory System. Fungal Infections of the Respiratory System. Pneumonia.
21. CONTROL OF MICROBIAL GROWTH.
Control of Microbial Growth. The Three Lines of Defense. Components of the Immune System. Hypersensitivity Reactions. Herd Immunity. Behavioral Factors. Prevention of Disease Transmission in the Surgical Environment of Care.
22. EMERGING, RECURRING, AND REAPPEARING DISEASES.
Microbes in the Media. Emerging Viral Diseases. Recurring Diseases. Reappearing Diseases.
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“Microbiology for Surgical Technologists is an excellent reference for students learning the foundations of disease control and prevention in the operating room. A solid understanding of microbiological principles is paramount to successful surgical patient care, and all of the required topics are found in this text.”

“Three strengths [of this product] are a strong relationship to the surgical technology field, organized content material and alignment with AST core curriculum.”

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