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Surgical Technology: Books

This guide serves as a starting point for locating quality surgery-related resources

This guide is a starting point for locating surgery-related books, videos, journal articles, images and credible websites. It is useful for Operating Room Patient Care Technician, Surgical First Assistant, and Surgical Technology students. 

The menu on the right will help you research, locate, evaluate and cite resources in APA style.

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Search the Library Catalog

Use our catalog to find books, videos, and other resources in our collections.

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Catalog Search Tips

When searching the Library catalog, here are some tips:

  • Enter the title of a book (if you know it) putting the title in quotes
  • Search by subject or keywords if you don't know a specific title
  • Limit by publication type (eBooks, print, videos), publication date, location
  • The Library has print and e-books available.
  • Learn more about using the COD Library Catalog

Subject Searching

Try these subjects to browse the General and Reference Collections


bloodborne infections prevention

draping (surgery)


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (United States)

medical instruments and apparatus

operating room nursing

operating room technicians




surgical errors--prevention

surgical instruments and apparatus

surgical technology

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

Also look for e-books and streaming media.

RD91 Asepsis
R123 Medical Terminology
RA642 Bloodborne Pathogens
RD Surgery
RD71 Surgical equipment & instruments

There are two locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library: the reference collection (items don't leave the Library) and the general stacks (items that you can take home). Library staff members will be happy to help you find books in either section--just ask!

Reference Sources

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources.

Electronic Reference

Physical Reference

Conn's Current Therapy REF RM101 .C87

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment REF RC71 .A14

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary REF R 121.D73 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)

Goldman's Cecil Medicine REF RC46 .C423

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery REF RD598.5 .V37

Stedman's Medical & Surgical Equipment Words REF R123 .S698

Stedman's Surgery Words : Includes Anatomy, Anesthesia, & Pain Management REF RD16 .S74

Recommended Titles

Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist

The ultimate resource for helping you anticipate the patient's and surgeon's needs before, during, and after a surgical procedure.

Surgical Technology: Principles and Practice

Prepare to deliver the best patient care before, during, and after surgery with this approachable guide to surgical skills and operating room procedures.

The Fundamentals of Surgical Instruments

Provides a sound introduction to surgical instrumentation, including their recognition, use, and care.

Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery

The definitive resource for nurses and surgical technologists training to assist in the operating room.

Berry and Kohn's Operating Room Technique

Detailed information on the fundamentals of perioperative nursing and surgical technology roles enhance students' understanding of basic surgical principles and techniques. Emphasis on teamwork among perioperative caregivers encourages cooperation in attaining positive patient care outcomes.

Surgical Patient Safety: a Case-Based Approach

Put patient safety at the center of your surgical protocol--with this essential case-based guide Despite many advances in the practice of surgery, surgical complications continue to cause significant patient morbidity and mortality.

Pocket Guide to the Operating Room

This pocket guide presents more than 500 surgical procedures!

Pearson's Surgical Technology Exam Review

For courses in surgical technology intended to prepare students for the current NBSTSA surgical technologist certification exam.

LANGE Q&A Surgical Technology Examination, Eighth Edition

Pass the Surgical Technology Certification (CST) exam with ease! Featuring more than 1,700 Q&As, online practice tests, and summaries of important points for each chapter.

Schwartz's principles of surgery 2-Volume Set

Provides such a solid grounding in basic science, anatomy, operative techniques, and more recently, professional development and leadership training

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