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  • Surgical Technologist

  • A surgical technologist is a member of the surgical team who works closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.

    According to the Association of Surgical Technologists, surgical technologists earn approximately $30,000 a year.

    Job responsibilities:

    • Prepare the operating room by selecting and opening supplies.
    • Assemble, adjust, check and maintain non-sterile equipment to ensure that it remains in proper working order.
    • Assist in preparing patients for surgery by providing physical and emotional support.
    • Check charts and observe vital signs.
    • Properly position the patient on the operating room table.
    • Assist in connecting and applying surgical equipment and/or monitoring devices.
    • Prepare the incision site by cleaning, shaving and disinfecting the skin.
    • Assist the physician with gowning and gloving as well as the application of sterile drapes that isolate the operative site.
    • Operate sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units and diagnostic equipment.
    • Hold retractors or instruments.
    • Sponge or suction the operative site.
    • Be the sterile member of the surgical team who passes instruments, sutures and sponges, needles and instruments before, during and after surgery.
    • Participate jointly in counting sponges, needles and instruments before, during and after surgery.
    • Prepare and apply sterile dressings following surgical procedure.
    • Assist in application of non-sterile dressings, including plaster or synthetic casting materials.

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