What is a Surgical Technician?

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What is a Surgical Technician?

Postby shawntamis » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:12 am

Surgical technicians also known as "surgical technologists" are key healthcare professionals whose responsibilities primarily revolve around assisting in surgeries under the direction of surgeons or registered nurses. They can be defined as the key members of an operation room group, which commonly include anesthesiologists, surgeons and circulating nurses. These surgical technicians are professionals who help in preparing the operation room by setting up surgical equipments, sterile drapes and sterile solutions. They are considered to be key employees of any surgical clinics where their responsibilities mainly include sterilizing the operation room for surgery.

During surgery, they are the professionals who assist surgeons by passing instruments and other sterile supplies. Besides this, at times, their responsibilities may even include preparing the patients for surgery by disinfecting incision sites. At times, they may even require perform duties like retracting the patient's tissues and suturing incisions. They even assist in the preparation and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and assist in applying dressings.

Today if we talk in terms of career prospects then the numerous opportunities are out. The job profile of a surgical technologist is not like any other "regular" job. Being as a surgical technician, you would be working with and around other medical professions that may help you advance your career to all new levels that you might not even be think of like Surgical First Assistant or a Laser Safety Officer.

So if you are looking to make a career in this profession it is important to get a proper training from an accredited allied health education school. And adding to this, you may also require meeting the essential requirements such as a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and satisfactory score on the ACT or a Health Profession Pre-Admission exam.
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Re: What is a Surgical Technician?

Postby danielturner » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:12 pm

The surgical technician helps to prep surgeons and nurses to go into the sterile environment, and they support the surgeon by supplying her with anything he\she might need. In some cases, techs may assist by helping surgeons put on operating room clothing, gloves, and caps, so that after a surgeon has fully scrubbed, he\she remains completely sterile before entering the operating room. As surgery progresses, the surgical tech watches to be sure no one has violated sterile procedures
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Re: What is a Surgical Technician?

Postby johan123 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:12 am

Most surgical technologists — about 71 percent in the United States — work in hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms. Surgical technologist are also adaptive to deal with equipment handling, as handling a C-arm flouroscope in angioplasty and orthopedics and in many other departments as well. A surgical technologist with multiple experiences is preferred. Other jobs are in offices of physicians or dentists who perform outpatient surgery and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgery centers.
Career prospects for surgical technologists is expected to grow in the coming years. According to the US Bureau for Labor Statistics, employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow in that country by 24 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.This trend is related to the expected rise in the number of surgical procedures performed, as the population grows and ages. Older people, including the baby boom generation, who generally require more surgical procedures, will account for a larger portion of the general population. In addition, technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, will permit an increasing number of new surgical procedures to be performed and also will allow surgical technologists to assist with a greater number of procedures
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Re: What is a Surgical Technician?

Postby arnob123 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:49 am

Most employers prefer to hire certified technologists. Technologists may obtain voluntary professional certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting by graduating from a CAAHEP-accredited program and passing a national certification examination. They may then use the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation. In order to maintain certification, certified surgical technologists must earn 60 hours of approved continuing education over a 4-year period or retake and pass the certifying exam at the end of the 4-year period.

Certification also may be obtained from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). To qualify to take the exam, candidates follow one of three paths: complete an accredited training program, undergo a 2-year hospital on-the-job training program, or acquire 7 years of experience working in the field. After passing the exam, individuals may use the designation Tech in Surgery-Certified, TS-C (NCCT). This certification must be renewed every 5 years through either continuing education or reexamination.

Surgical technologists need manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly. They also must be conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating room environment. Technologists must respond quickly and must be familiar with operating procedures in order to have instruments ready for surgeons without having to be told to do so. They are expected to keep abreast of new developments in the field.
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Re: What is a Surgical Technician?

Postby Nichole Hudson » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:55 am

A surgical technician's job is extremely important to people undergoing surgery. The roles of a surgical technician may vary from place to place. But generally surgical technicians complete special training, usually lasting from about one to two years, either at community or trade colleges. They may also get certified through various agencies, and take examinations after completing school to get certification.
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