Surgical Technicians – Quintessential Part Of The Operating Room Teams
Surgical technologists, also known as surgical technicians are valuable members who assist surgeons in the operating room all through a surgery.
Surgical technologists play a pivotal role during surgery. They need to possess cool heads and high presence of mind. The operating room has to be sterilized before surgery. Contamination in the operating room could be life-threatening. Surgical technicians sterilize the room, the bring patients to the operating room, pass instrument to the surgeon, retract the patient’s tissues and suture incisions. Surgical technologists must be familiar with operating procedures to be able to act quickly during the course of the surgery. They also help operate diagnostic equipments.
According to the Association of Surgical Technologists, certified surgical technicians are preferred over non-certified surgical technologists. Surgical Technician Certification involves graduating from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) - accredited program and passing a national certification examination and passing a national certification examination. High school graduation is required for admission. After passing the exam, they may use the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation. To maintain certification, the surgical technologists need to complete 60 hours of continuing education over a 4-year period or by reappearing and passing the exam after every 4 years.
In accredited surgical technology programs, students receive academic as well as hands on experience. Surgical Technician Certification programs include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, sterilization techniques, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology as well as internships and training.
According to the US Department of Labor, the demand for surgical technicians is estimated to rise to 25 percent through the year 2014.More than 70 per cent jobs for the technologists are in hospitals.