Career spotlight on Surgical Technology
If you’re wondering what to do with your life and looking for a career that is meaningful, consider becoming a Surgical Technologist. Why surgical technology? Here are some of the reasons people choose this career:
- The training program is only about one year
- It is a professional position in the respected field of healthcare
- Surg techs play an important and meaningful role in operating rooms
If these reasons sound good to you, find out more about this interesting career. In this article, you can find out what a surgical technician does, what training you need, and what the workplace is like.
What does a surgical technician do?
Surgical technicians play an important role during surgical procedures and operations. They are part of a surgical team that includes nurses, doctors, and other healthcare technicians. Their chief role is to ensure that the operating area remains sterile. In other words, they are there to help prevent infections.
One of their important jobs is to help the surgical team “scrub in.” This means helping the team members into their sterile gowns, foot covers, eyewear, surgical masks, and head covers, all while maintaining sterile conditions. For this reason, surg techs are sometimes called “scrubs.”
Why is being sterile so important? Hospital-based infections are a serious matter. Patients in the operating room are already weakened, due to their illness as well as the trauma of undergoing surgery. A hospital-acquired infection can dangerously delay their healing process, and can even potentially be fatal to the patient. That’s how important it is to prevent infections.
With this in mind, here are some of the everyday things that surgical techs do on the job:
- Sterilize surgical instruments and equipment before a procedure
- Set up the instruments the surgeons will need for a particular operation
- Help the surgical team “scrub in” before a procedure
- Set up and maintain the “sterile field” of the operation—this is the area that must stay sterile at all times
- Provide general assistance in the operating room as needed
- Assist with clean up and getting ready for the next procedure
How do I become a surgical technician?
The great news about getting surgical technician training is that you don’t need any prior experience. Most training programs simply require that you have a high school diploma or equivalent—as well as a willingness to work hard and learn!
In your program, you will learn:
- Medical terms
- Human anatomy and physiology
- How to create and maintain a sterile field
- How to scrub in a surgical team
- Sterilization processes
- What to expect during an operation
- The set-ups for common operations and special operations
Other job titles
Surgical technicians are a healthcare profession that has a variety of different job titles. When you get your training and begin looking for a job, you can look for job titles including:
- Surgical technologists
- Surgical technicians
- Operating room technicians
- Surg Techs
Work environment for surgical technologists
What is it like to be a surgical technician? It is usually a fast-paced and exciting position, because you are working directly in operating rooms and making a difference in the lives of the patients. In this type of job, you should expect to spend most of your shift on your feet. You should also be the type of person who can pay attention to details, take directions from others, follow important protocols (rules), and work well as a team member.
Do you think you have what it takes for this job? If so, consider the program at the Harris School of Business. We offer a Surgical Technology training program at our Dover, Delaware campus. Find out more today!