You need to complete the top file (complete enrollment packet) and pay down payment at enrollment to save seat. High school diploma/GED or transcripts from college along with a copy of Driver's License and completion of Sterile Processing Program or copy of Certification and experience in field are needed before 1st day.
Surgical Technology Program
To enroll in the SVSTI Surgical Technologist program, the following steps are required:
STEP 2 - Bring the following:
Once your documents have been received, and you are formally accepted into the Surgical Tech program, you will receive an acceptance letter (email) from our Program Director. At that time, you will have THREE business days to make your payment in full OR pay your $800.00 deposit in accordance with your PRE-APPROVED payment plan.
Sterile processing technician and surgical technologist may sound like one job to some, but they are not. However, they need to work together as one team for the same outcome, patient safety.
Both careers support the work of the surgical team in a medical setting and are also integral to making surgeries run smoothly. They do, however, require different educational paths and fulfill different roles.
Sterile Processing Tech Job Description
What does a sterile processing technician do? If you’ve never heard of this career, that might be because it goes by many different names in various workplaces, including:
· Sterilization Technician
· Central Service Technician
· Surgical Processing Technician
· Instrument Technician
· Medical Equipment Preparer
Those job titles should give you a better idea of what these technicians do. They’re responsible for ensuring that equipment is cleaned, sterilized, and prepared for surgeries (and other medical and lab procedures). Their tasks on the job might include cleaning items that have been brought in from previous procedures, preparing and setting up equipment for upcoming procedures, putting away cleaned equipment, and ensuring that all equipment is in good condition. They may also be in charge of checking inventory and restocking. The Surgery starts in the SPD with sterilizing instruments and preparing equipment. The following are some of their duties;
· Manually cleaning of medical instruments, equipment and surgical trays
· Performs sterilizations on the above said items
· Examines equipment and instruments as well as reports any problems
· Testing and monitoring of autoclaves
· Assembling all necessary equipment such as surgical trays
· Keeping inventory and ordering all needed sterile supplies
· Packing and storing of sterile supplies
Surgical Technologist Job Description
What do surgical technologist do? Surg Techs play an important role in operating rooms. Surgical Technologist also go by different names;
· Operating Room Technicians
· Surgical Technicians
· Surg Techs
· OR Techs
· Scrub Techs
· Surgical Techs
They help set up operating rooms before surgery and ensure that the necessary equipment is sterilized, maintain aseptic technique and prepare the OR for surgery. They help surgeons, doctors, and nurses with scrubbing in before surgery, ensure that patients are prepped, and assist surgeons by passing instruments or holding instruments during surgery. Some surgical techs might clean and prepare incision sites on patients, suture, put dressings on or may even learn to operate robotic surgical equipment. They too might be in charge of checking inventory and restocking. Some of the responsibilities include but not limited to;
· Setting operating room for surgical procedure
· Preparing and transporting patient to and from OR
· Gathering instruments and equipment needed for surgery
· Monitoring patient’s vital signs
· Assisting surgical team with gowns and gloves
· Keeping operating area as a sterile zone
· Disposing of used sponges, dressings, needles and gauze (keeping counts accurate)
· Takes charge of specimens and samples
Sterile processing technicians make sure that the instruments used in a hospital or clinic are safe to use and free of bacteria or other contaminants. They need to know about microbiology and how to prevent infections from spreading, as well as reliable procedures for storing medical instruments or moving them from place to place without exposing them to contamination.
Surgical technologists get an operating room set up for surgery, make sure the surgical field and the surgical instruments are sterile, help the members of the operating team scrub in before the surgery begins, and pass medical instruments to the surgeon along with many other valuable roles. SVSTI-Surgi-Tech School in Milpitas
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Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Surgical Technology (2013) 2 A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
SVSTI Surgical Technology Minimum Expectations -
To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Surgical Technologist The surgical technologist in the first scrub role handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
Preoperative Duties are as follows:
1. Donning OR attire and personal protective equipment (PPE).
2. Gathers, checks and opens supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure. 3. Performs the surgical scrub, and donning gown and gloves.
4. Sets up the sterile back table and Mayo stand with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for the procedure.
5. Performs initial instrument, sharps and sponge counts with the circulator.
6. Assists the team members with gowning and gloving.
7. Assists with draping the patient and establishing the sterile field.
8. Participates in the surgical site and patient verification during the time out procedure. 9. Secures tubing, cords and other sterile accessories.
Intraoperative Duties are as follows:
1. Prepares and anticipates additional instrumentation, equipment and supplies for usage during the procedure.
2. Anticipates the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments and supplies to surgeon during procedure.
3. Measures and passes medications, hemostatic agents and irrigation solutions utilized during the surgical procedure.
4. Holds retractors or instruments as directed by the surgeon.
5. Sponges or suctions the operative site.
6. Applies electrocautery to clamps or forceps on bleeders.
7. Cuts suture material as directed by the surgeon.
8. Coordinates the camera or changes out robotic arms/instruments during endoscopic surgery as directed by the surgeon.
9. Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during the procedure.
10. Performs additional counts as necessary.
11. Prepares sterile dressings and/or immobilization devices.
12. Prepares and passes off specimen(s) as appropriate.
13. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.
14. Assists other members of the team with terminal cleaning of room.
15. Assists in prepping the OR for the next patient.
16. Participates in debriefing and quality improvement practices to ensure quality patient care.
The surgical technologist in the second scrub role assists the surgeon and/or surgical assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out tasks including sponging, suctioning, cutting suture, holding retractors and manipulating the endoscopic camera. This role is distinct from that of the first scrub and surgical first assistant. The surgical technologist assisting in circulating obtains additional instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary while the surgical procedure is in progress. He/she monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team.
1. Review the patient’s chart, identifies patient, verifies surgery to be performed with consent forms, and brings the patient to the assigned operating room.
2. Assists with transferring patient to the operating room table.
3. Monitors the comfort of the patient and provides verbal and tactile reassurance to the patient.
4. Assists in maintaining normothermia.
5. Assists the anesthesia provider.
6. Assists with positioning the patient, using appropriate equipment and anatomical principles to avoid patient injury.
7. Applies the electrosurgical grounding pad.
8. Assists with applying tourniquets and monitors before the procedure begins.
9. Completes the patient skin prep prior to draping by the sterile surgical team.
10. Performs instrument, sharps, and sponge counts with the surgical technologist in the first scrub role prior to the operation and before the incision is closed.
11. Anticipates additional supplies needed during the procedure.
12. Keeps accurate records throughout the procedure.
13. Properly cares for specimens.
14. Secures dressings after incision closure.
15. Helps transport the patient to the post anesthesia care unit.
16. Performs urinary catheterization.
17. Updates and keeps accurate records of the surgeon’s preferences.
The distribution of the 120 procedures is as follows:
General Surgery cases (minimum of 30 cases)
A. Students must complete a minimum on 30 cases in General Surgery, 20 which must be performed in the First Scrub Role. The remaining 10 cases may be performed in either First or Second Scrub Role.
Specialty Cases (minimum of 90 cases)
B Students must complete a minimum of 90 cases in various surgical specialties excluding General Surgery; 60 which must be performed in the First Scrub Role. The additional 30 cases may be performed in either the First or Second Scrub Role.
a. A minimum of 60 surgical specialty cases must be performed in the First Scrub Role and distributed amongst a minimum of four surgical specialties.
(1) A minimum of 10 cases in the First Scrub Role must be completed in each of the required minimum of four surgical specialties (40 cases total required).
(2) The additional 20 cases in the First Scrub Role may be distributed amongst any one surgical specialty or multiple surgical specialties.
b. The remaining 30 surgical specialty case may be performed in surgical specialty either in the First or Second Role.
Optional Surgical Specialties
1. Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory. However, up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases ad 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.
a. Diagnostic Endoscopy cases must be documented in the category of “Diagnostic Endoscopy”, rather than by specialty.
b. Vaginal delivery cases must be documented in the category of: “Labor & Delivery” rather than in the OB/GYN specialty.
Case Experience in the Second Scrub Role is not mandatory.
Observation cases must be documented, but do not count towards the 120 required cases.
Cases will be counted and documented according to surgical specialty (exception being diagnostic endoscopic cases.
All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
SVSTI requires each and every student to participate in the Certification Prep class during the program and after externship to graduate from the program. We want to ensure every student is successful in passing their certification exam and require this as part of the curriculum.
We have a one of a kind Surgical Technology Program in San Jose. We are a Sterile Processing & Surgical Technology School in the Bay Area.
You will need to pass each Surgical Tech course with a 70% or higher to continue to the next course. Please see the following ;
Surgical Technology Certificate Program
ST1/ST111 31 Credit Hours
352 Lecture Hours
144 Lab Hours
Total Hours= 496 Hours
ST2/ST222 29 Credit Hours
336 Lecture Hours
160 Lab Hours
Total= 480 Hours
ST3/ST333 40 Credit Hours
160 Lecture Hours (including CST Prep which is required)
480 Clinical Hours
Total= 640 Hours
Total Credit Hours for Certificate Program = 1616 Hours
100 Credit Hours
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