Millions of people have surgery performed on them yearly. Surgeries can range from vital heart transplants to low-risk and common procedures. The success of these procedures relies on more than just surgeons. For a procedure to be a success it often requires a full team of trained medical staff members. A major position in nearly all surgical teams is the surgical technologist. What is a surgical technologist?
Surgical technologists work in hospitals and clinics around the world. While tasks may vary due to the needs of the operating staff, surgical technologists provide a variety of tasks to assist surgeons performing an operation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technologists work before, during and after a surgery.
What Surgical Technologists Do
Prior to an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room. Some common tasks include prepping surgical instruments and equipment, preparing sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. Technologists may also prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Technologists also help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm.
During a surgery, surgical technologists can pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical technologists help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines, and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm#tab-2.
SVSTI is starting a Surgical Technology Program soon. It will be a blended program and offer students more time to focus on learning the skills competencies while engaging on an interactive online platform to learn all required standards according to ARC/STSA http://www.arcstsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SIG-ST-0816.pdf.
After all the fundamentals are taught to our soon to be Surgical Technologist SVSTI will ensure that students get a "real life" lab to give them an advantage over other programs.
Please email or call us for information while this is in the works. We look forward to speaking with you!
SVSTI in San Jose offers you an outstanding Sterile processing technician program to learn and carry out all the sterile processing functions with surgical instruments and medical equipment. In most scenarios, a sterile processing technician will work in specific roles in order to achieve a high standard of patient care and keep the risk of hospital-acquired infection at its lowest. These roles include a meticulous examination of instruments and devices to ensure they are clean and safe to use, monitor and operate sterilization equipment and assemble specialty instrument trays.
As many healthcare facilities are increasingly concerned about nosocomial infections, more jobs are available for SPD techs than ever before. Many of these positions are full-time, part-time, per diem, and even away from home as travel assignments. Sterile Processing is a dedicated department considered as the heart of any hospital or medical center. SVSTI will prepare you to become a Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician in the Bay Area.
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