It takes more than a surgeon to have a successful operation—surgical technologists perform many jobs to assist
If you are looking for a career that offers excitement and reward, you may want to take a closer look at becoming a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians and surgical techs, assist in surgical operations and ensure surgeons can focus on operating without any obstacles in a sterile environment.
Although some may find positions in outpatient care facilities, a majority of surgical techs find work in hospitals. They are responsible for many tasks before, during, and after surgery.
Prior to surgery
Do you have good communication skills? Often patients are nervous before having a procedure. A surgical tech will often spend time before the operation calming nerves.
Patients must also be prepared for the procedure. Surgical techs are responsible for washing the incision site and positioning patients correctly depending on what is being done. When the patient is ready, the surgical tech will transport the patient to the operating room.
Not only does a patient need to be prepped but so does the operating room. It is vitally important that surgeries occur in sterile environments. Surgical techs ensure that the room is sterile and that all instruments and equipment have been sterilized. They will make sure that the necessary supplies are present and restock anything that is running low.
Are you able to multitask? Can you stay calm during an emergency? You will need to rely on these skills to help in an operating room. No work day will be exactly like the last as every patient and procedure varies. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and you have to be prepared and able to stay calm in a crisis.
Just as they prepared the patients, surgical techs will assist the surgical team by dressing them in surgical gowns and gloves. But that is just the beginning.
During operations, surgical techs keep everything running smoothly. It is their job to pass the correct instruments, sponges, and other supplies, and they may be required to suction. During the operation, they keep an eye on everything to ensure that it remains sterile.
Do you like to help others? Many surgical techs are attracted to the job because not only do they accept the challenges of surgery but they live for the thrill of helping others in need. After the surgery is over, surgical techs transport patients to the recovery room and apply any dressings or bandages as needed.
They also must handle any specimens that were collected during surgery and keep them sterile for analysis.
If you thrive when handling multiple jobs, think clearly in emergency situations, have good communication skills, and want to help others, you may find the job of a surgical tech rewarding. As the population of older Americans grows, more and more operations are being performed, which means the demand for surgical techs is also growing.
If you’d like to find out more about what it takes to succeed in this career, read What It Takes to Be a Great Surgical Technologist. If you think you have what it takes to be a surgical technologist, remember that the right training program will give you the essential skills and practice you need to succeed in the operating room.
Is this the career you’ve been looking for? Check out our Surgical Technology training program at the Harris School of Business, located at our Dover, Delaware, campus. Contact us to find out more.