Surgical Technologists assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons or registered nurses. Before an operation, surgical technologists help to set up the operating room with surgical instruments, equipment, and other sterile supplies needed for surgery. They may transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and assist the surgeon in draping the patient with sterile drapes to prevent exposure.
During surgery they pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical Technologists help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis during operations. They also assist in the application of dressings after the surgical procedure. They may also operate the sterilizer, lights, suction machines, and other diagnostic equipment.
After a surgical procedure, the surgical technologist may assist in transporting the patient to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. They assist nurses and ancillary personnel in cleaning and restocking the operating room for the next surgical procedure.
Surgical Technologists are vital personnel that work side-by-side with the surgeon during a surgical procedure. They assure that the surgeon has all the proper equipment and supplies needed for a particular operation. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-EST). Information on accredited Surgical Technology programs may be obtained from the ARC-EST at 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 210, Littleton, Colorado 80120, telephone 303-694-9262.
Surgical Technologists graduating from this accredited program are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist.
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