What is a Surgical Technologist?
Ever have surgery? If so, you know in such a situation you are the main focus of a team of medical professionals who work in the operating room (OR) with the surgeon. Surgical technologists are part of this team and their basic role is to prepare a sterile OR for surgery in order to keep patients safe from infection.
As far as specific tasks, the surgical technologist’s responsibilities vary and can include:
- Positioning a patient on the operating table for the surgeon
- Shaving a patient depending on what type of surgery
- Cleaning and sterilizing the surgery site
- Sterilizing instruments and equipment for surgery
- Assembling and arranging surgical sterile and non-sterile instruments and equipment needed during the procedure
- Assembling sterile curtains around the surgery area
- Assisting surgical teams with their gowns
- Observing patient vital signs
- Passing instruments during the procedure
- Clean and sterilize or oversee the cleaning and sterilization of instruments or equipment after surgery
- Prepare specimens and/or transport to the laboratory for analysis
Since the surgical technologist is present during a surgical procedure, they must be able to tolerate an open surgery. In addition, they must be able to follow directions accurately, quickly and safely.
If you attend school to become a surgical technologist, some of the topics you could study include:
- Medical Terminology
- Surgical Pharmacology and Microbiology
- Surgical Procedures
- Surgical Instrumentation
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