Surgical Technology

Become a vital part of the operating room team.

Did you know that today there are more people than ever who require health care services? This means that there are more career opportunities in the health care industry than ever before.

Surgical Technologists (also called surgical techs, operating room technicians, and OR techs) assist in surgical operations, preparing operating rooms and assisting surgeons, nurses, and physicians before and during surgical procedures.

Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, which should lead to increased demand for surgical services. As a result, there is an increasing need for trained Surgical Technologists.

The aging of the large Baby Boomer generation also is expected to increase the need for Surgical Technologists, because older people usually require more operations. Moreover, as these individuals age, they may be more willing than those in previous generations to seek medical treatment to improve their quality of life. For example, an individual may decide to have a knee replacement operation in order to maintain an active lifestyle.

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Surgical Technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

Before an operation, Surgical Technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. They also prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning the patients on the operating table, covering them with sterile drapes, and taking them to and from the operating room. Surgical Technologists prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.

Surgical Technologists typically perform the following tasks:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery.
  • Sterilizing equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
  • Readying patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites.
  • Helping surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.
  • Counting supplies, such as sponges and instruments.
  • Maintaining a sterile environment.

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