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Surgery Technologist

Career Highlights

  • Prepare patients for surgery
  • Assist surgeons during operations
  • Transport patients to recovery
  • Work alongside surgeons, handling equipment and instruments

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Career Summary

A Surgery Technologist is an essential addition to the operating room surgical team. The surgery technologist is involved in the preparation of both the patient and the OR before surgery, as well as handling the patient afterward. They may help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment. During surgery, they hand instruments and supplies to the surgeons and monitor the patient's vital signs.

Surgery techs' duties extend beyond the operating room, as well. They may help to prepare samples of tissues or organs that will be tested in a laboratory. At times they operate some of the equipment in the operating room. Prior to surgery, they interview the patient to make note of any health complications, medical information or concerns that may affect the surgery. Some surgery technologists pursue different specialties, such as assisting only with certain types of surgery, or becoming the first assistant, a specialized role on the surgical team.

After an operation, surgery technologists take the patient to the recovery room. They then help to clean and restock the operating room and get it ready for the next operation

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Formal training programs through vocational schools, universities and hospitals.
National certification examination.

Career Skills

  • Work in hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies or patient�s homes.
  • Work in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
  • Help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes and sterile solutions that will be needed for the operation.
  • Adjust and check equipment to be sure it is working properly.
  • Prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving and disinfecting incision sites.
  • Observe patient�s vital signs, check charts and help surgical team with gowns and gloves.
  • Pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants.
  • Help prepare, care for and dispose of specimens taken for lab analysis.
  • Help transfer patients to recovery room, and clean and restock the operating room.

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