What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

Surgical technologists, also known as operating room technicians, are an essential part of the surgical team. They are responsible for preparing the operating room and the patient for surgery, as well as assisting during the procedure. Here is a closer look at what a surgical technologist does and how they help make surgery run smoothly.

Pre-Operative Duties

Before a surgery can begin, there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done. Surgical technologists are responsible for making sure that all of the necessary supplies and equipment are in place and ready to go. This includes setting up the operating room with sterile drapes and instruments, as well as ensuring that all of the necessary medications and fluids are available. They also help to prepare the patient by transporting them to the operating room, positioning them on the table, and prepping their skin for surgery.

Intra-Operative Duties

Once surgery begins, surgical technologists play an important role in assisting the surgeon and other members of the surgical team. This includes passing instruments and supplies to the surgeon as needed, as well as helping to maintain a sterile environment in the operating room. They also help to monitor vital signs during surgery and alert the surgeon if any changes occur.

Post-Operative Duties

After surgery is complete, surgical technologists help to clean up the operating room and dispose of any contaminated materials. They also help to dress wounds and apply bandages before transporting patients back to their rooms or other areas of the hospital. In addition, they may be responsible for restocking supplies or helping with paperwork related to surgeries.

Surgical technologists play an important role in ensuring that surgeries run smoothly from start to finish. Their duties range from pre-operative preparation to post-operative clean up, making them an invaluable part of any surgical team.

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