Surgical technicians work alongside surgeons, anesthesiologists and other surgical staff in hospitals. They have to ensure that all surgical instruments and equipment is available to the surgical team and that everything is in working order. They also prepare patients for surgeries by providing them with information on what to expect post surgery.
One of the primary duties of a surgical technician is to prepare patients before a surgery physically. They clean, shave and disinfect areas on patients’ bodies that need to be operated on. They also physically move patients from pre-op rooms to surgeries and assist them in shifting to the operation table.
To be eligible for the position of a surgical technician, one needs to possess a high school diploma or an equivalent at the very least. Many hospitals require that surgical technicians that they hire are BLS certified – Certified Surgical Technician (CST).
In a crux, a surgical technician ensures that a sterile environment is maintained within a surgery. To be successful in this position, one needs to have an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and ability to use tools and techniques to facilitate the surgical team’s performance.
Sample Job Description for Surgical Tech Resume
• Prepare the operation room for surgery by ensuring its cleanliness
• Make sure that surgical equipment and tools are sterilized and made available before a scheduled surgery
• Ensure a constant supply of surgical materials such as gauze and cotton
• Engage patients in dialogue intending to put their fears at ease and educate them about pre and post-surgical expectations
• Clean, shave and disinfect body areas on which surgery needs to be performed
• Shift patients from stretchers onto operation tables and cover them with sterile cloth
• Observe patients during anesthesia administration and voice any concerns
• Pass various tools to surgeons during the surgery procedure
• Hold body organs in place as per surgeon’s instructions during surgical procedures
• Apply bandages and dressings to incision areas
• Count number of tools used during a surgical procedure and ensure that all are in order
• Make sure that all instruments and equipment are sterilized and placed in their specific containers and storage areas
• Prepare patients so that they can be shifted to a post-op area
• Physically put patients on movable beds and transport them to their rooms or designated post-operative rooms
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