Surgical Techonologist

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are a vital part of the surgical team and provide surgical care and expertise to patients. These scrubs or surgical technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, as well as check and adjust it to ensure that it is working properly. Technologists also get patients ready for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Technologists also observe patients' vital signs, check charts, and help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves. During surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgical 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 and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room, clean, and restock the operating room. Educational programs last 9 to 24 months and lead to a certificate, diploma, or associate’s degree. Hospitals continue to be the primary employer, although outpatient care centers, ambulatory surgical centers, physician offices, dentist/oral surgeon offices, and central processing areas are other areas for employment.