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Surgical Instrumentation, Spiral bound Version, 2nd Edition

  • Nancymarie Phillips
  • ISBN-10: 1285182537
  • ISBN-13: 9781285182537
  • 528 Pages | Spiralbound
  • Previous Editions: 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

A favorite for its clear organization and logical flow, the 2nd Edition of SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION has been completely revised with full-color photographs that show hundreds of surgical instruments in critical detail. Chapters also deliver on discussions, walking students through basic and advanced concepts in an accessible tone, covering everything from the history of surgical instruments to assembling the best instrument sets for the procedure, and more. More importantly, every instrument gets focused attention, presented alone, in collections, and disassembled with zoomed-in views of key parts. A one-stop resource for surgical nurses, techs, and other OR personnel, SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION, 2nd Edition, is also available in the customizable and digital MindTap format, complete with instructor and student tools for building momentum and unstoppable potential.


  • Proper Naming Conventions. Every instrument is clearly labeled, individually, and with its official name to avoid confusing students with nicknames and other biases that can develop in specific regions over time.

  • Super Sets. Chapters explain common foundation sets for different types of surgeries, walk students through how to evaluate their sets to add or remove instruments as needed, and make the OR team more efficient with the most practical instrument choices.

  • Logical Categories. Organized by function and common surgery types, instruments are easier to find and more clearly organized than in other books, which makes SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION a favorite resource for any surgical setting.

  • Useful Usage. Each section includes helpful discussion on how and when to use instruments, along with steps to follow that ensure critical safety for patients and surgical staff.


“There was a large amount of instruments listed and well organized. The explanation of the writings is easy to understand.”
— Julia Hinkle RN BSN MHS CNOR, Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville IN

About the Author

Nancymarie Phillips

Nancymarie Phillips, RN, BA, BSN, MEd, PhD, RNFA, CNOR(E), is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, where she was Director of Perioperative Education and the Surgical Technology Program Director. A perioperative nurse since 1975, Dr. Phillips is a registered nurse and Registered Nurse First Assistant, and certified in perioperative nursing. Active in many areas of the nursing field, Dr. Phillips has held local and national positions with AORN, and the Competency and Credentialing Institute (previously the Certification Board for Perioperative Nursing), in addition to authoring and contributed to many articles, textbooks, and book chapters. She holds undergraduate degrees in health services and nursing from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, as well as masters and doctoral degrees in adult education and development from Cleveland State.

Table of Contents

1. History of Surgical Instrumentation.
2. Anatomy and Physiology of Surgical Instrumentation.
3. Categories of Surgical Instrumentation.
4. Considerations for Instrument Set Assembly.
5. Soft Tissue Foundation Sets.
6. Plastic Surgery Instrumentation.
7. General Surgery Instrumentation.
8. Gynecologic Instrumentation.
9. Urologic Instrumentation.
10. Basic Bone and Joint Instrumentation.
11. Head and Neck Procedure Instrumentation.
12. Neurosurgery Instrumentation.
13. Cardiothoracic and Vascular Instrumentation.
14. Microsurgery Instrumentation.
15. Endoscopic Instrumentation.
16. Decontamination and Sterilization.

New to this edition

  • ALL-NEW Images. More than a visual facelift, the second edition of SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION has been completely overhauled, updating and replacing every image with full-color photographs that show commonly used surgical instruments in spotless detail.
  • NEW Chapter. Added content on Decontamination and Sterilization gives scrub nurses, surgical techs, and other staff the confidence they need to ensure a sterile field in the OR, from cleaning and disassembling instruments to sterilizing and inspecting them, while observing the latest standards of practice.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1285182553 | ISBN-13: 9781285182551)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as book-coordinated PowerPoint® presentations, instrumentation photos, an instructor’s manual, and more.