What do Surgical Technologists do?
- Assist in surgical procedures (operations)
- Help prepare the operating room
- Setting up surgical instruments, equipment, sterile drapes and sterile solutions
- Maintain a sterile field
- Assist with patient preparation
- Transport patients to the operating room
- During surgery, technologist pass instruments and other sterile supplies to Surgeons and Surgeon Assistants
- Operate sterilizers, lights, and suction machines
- Help operate diagnostic equipment
Where do Surgical Technologists work?
- Hospitals (Operating Rooms)
- Offices of Physicians
- Offices of Dentists who perform outpatient surgery
- Outpatient Care Centers (Surgery Centers)
- Central Processing Departments
GENERAL INFORMATIONThe surgical technologist is a member of the surgical team, generally working in hospital operating rooms, acting as the primary scrub person who handles the sterile instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary for operative procedures. The surgical technologist works with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse. The Contra Costa Medical Career College Surgical Technology Program is designed to cover both the academic and clinical skills necessary to perform as a surgical technologist. By the first class meeting, all students must be at least 18 years of age and be graduates of an accredited U.S. high school or have passed the English-language version of the GED®. Associate’s (or higher level) degrees from a U.S. institution are also acceptable. Foreign diplomas or degrees are not accepted, unless they are translated by an accreditited translation organization. Transcripts must be deemed equivalent to US education.
PHYSICAL GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS: Students must be able to:
- STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects more than 50 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
- MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform motor skills such as standing, walking, writing, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing, typing; calibration of equipment; and handling instruments.
- COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment, eye-hand coordination such as keyboard skills; tasks which require arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, calibration of tools and equipment, and handling equipment.
- MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, and occasionally prolonged standing or sitting in uncomfortable positions.
- VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, and medication labels.
- HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise and distinguish sounds.
- CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions.
- ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and exceeding 60 minutes in length.
- CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
- MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time.
- CRITICAL THINKING: Possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Apply theoretical concepts to clinical settings.
- INTERPERSONAL: Use interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
- COMMUNICATION: Communicate effectively for interaction with others in verbal, non-verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures and initiate health teaching.
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Evidence of no current alcohol or drug abuse, or felony convictions related to alcohol or drug abuse.
- SEQUENCING: Remember and execute tasks and skills in a predetermined arrangement of succession, building upon consecutive steps.