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Your Life in the OR as a Surgical Technologist



Your Life in the OR as a Surgical Technologist

Mar 14, 2016

More than 50 million surgeries are performed each year and the professionals who staff the operating room must be well-trained, knowledgeable and committed.1 Surgical Technologists are important members of those surgical teams. If you’re interested in an exciting career in healthcare, surgical technology is a growing field with a lot of opportunities.

Here is just some of what you will do as a surgical technologist on a typical day in the operating room:

Before the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses step foot into the OR, as a surgical technologist, you have already been there prepping the room for the surgery. You set up and sterilize instruments and equipment, and make certain everything is functioning properly. You take inventory and stock OR supplies, with meticulous and consistent attention to detail.

Getting the patient ready for surgery is also your responsibility. You might wash, shave and disinfect incision sites before transporting your patient to the OR. Once there, you help get your patient onto the operating table and properly cover them with surgical drapes. You also take vital signs and check medical charts and monitoring equipment.

"More than 50 million surgeries are performed each year and the professionals who staff the operating room must be well-trained, knowledgeable and committed."

In addition to the patient, the surgical team depends on you to help them put on sterile gowns and gloves. Once the operation begins, you’re called on to assist by passing instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. You might hold retractors to keep an incision open while the surgeon works or even help perform the surgery.

After surgery, surgical technologists sometimes dress and suture the incision sites before transferring the patient to the recovery room. And when the surgery is complete, even though your patient is done, you’re not. One of the most important jobs you have is ensuring the OR is clean and perform a re-inventory. You need to make certain that every swab, sponge, and piece of equipment used in surgery is fully accounted for, properly disposed of, or sterilized and prepared for the next surgery. You don’t want anything left behind in the OR that could be a potential health hazard for your next patient!

This program is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs and prepares you for the nationally recognized Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification.2/3

1 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/inpatient-surgery.htm

2 http://www.acics.org/

3 http://www.caahep.org/

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