September 16, 2016 @ 12:00am

Divine Savior Healthcare surgical techs

September 18—24th is National Surgical Technologists Week, and the Surgery Department at Divine Savior Healthcare gives you a closer look at what it means to be a Surgical Technologist.


Surgical Technologist: A Day in the Life

Surgical techs assist with life-saving procedures. But what, exactly, do they do? Some pretty important stuff! "Surgical tech" duties are varied and may be complicated at times. They are the magic behind the mask!

How Surgical Technologists Prepare for Surgery

Prior to surgery, surgical techs prepare the sterile supplies and review important details of the procedure, which includes the surgeon’s personal preferences. They also mentally prepare for the procedure and plan for what the surgeon will be doing each step of the way. The surgical tech is responsible for transporting supplies for the case to the operating room, opening the sterile supplies, performing a surgical scrub, and don sterile gown and gloves.

A Surgical Technologist’s Role During Surgery

Upon the patient entry to the OR, the surgical tech introduces themselves to the patient and assists with positioning. They provide the caring touch and help make the patient comfortable. During surgery, the surgical tech’s role is to hand the proper instruments and medication to the surgeon. While this may sound mundane, surgical techs actually need to know the names of hundreds of medical instruments. They also assist the surgeon by holding retractors and manipulating tissue. Throughout the procedure surgical techs need to think ahead and ask themselves important questions—What will the surgeon ask for next? How is this procedure going? Might there be any complications?

The knowledge of hundreds of surgical procedures and the steps the surgeon needs to take in order to complete the procedure including the very wide range of surgical instruments they may need. Specialties can include but are not limited to the following – ENT, General, OBGYN, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, and Urology. After surgery, the surgical tech applies bandages to the patient and assists in moving the patient off the surgical bed.

A surgical tech’s day doesn’t include much downtime —surgical techs are asked to help sterilize instruments or assist other surgeries when they’re done with their own.

As you can see, surgical technologists play a vital role in the surgical experience of our patients. We are so fortunate to have such a great team of surgical techs here at Divine Savior and thank them all for commitment and compassion they provide every day!

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