Surgical Technology

Surgical TechnologySurgical Technology

 

Allied Health and Nursing

Surgical technologists, also called scrubs and surgical or operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, as well as adjust and check it to ensure it is working properly. Technologists also get patients ready for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical “drapes.” Technologists also observe patients’ vital signs, check charts, and assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves.

During surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical technologists help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines, and help operate diagnostic equipment.

After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room. Surgical technologists held about 71,000 jobs in 2000. Almost three quarters are employed by hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms. Others are employed in clinics and surgical centers, and in the offices of physicians and dentists who perform outpatient surgery. A few, known as private scrubs, are employed directly by surgeons who have special surgical teams, like those for liver transplants. 

Educational Opportunities in Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology
This program prepares its graduates with a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of surgical procedures and functions in the operating room. Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to serve on a surgical team in any hospital operating room and are also eligible to take the certification examination of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

Related Educational Opportunities

Other Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science-Major in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree program leading to the bachelor of science in applied science with a major in allied health is intended to serve professional health-related, associate degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science-Major in Public Health
The Public Health major offers the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) degree. The public health program integrates classroom and experiential learning in many of its courses. The curriculum for the YSU bachelor’s degree in public health addresses each of the five core areas through multiple courses. This curriculum enables mastery at the bachelor’s level of the nationally recognized Public Health Core Competencies, and requires an internship tailored to the area of public health interests of each student. Most of the professional courses for the degree can be completed through a combination of interactive videoconferencing and online distance learning options.

Master of Health and Human Services
The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/ managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.

Certificate in Health Care Management
The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/ managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion.

The University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Completion Program)The University of Akron nursing program prepares students to provide patient care, to direct others in giving care and to become members of comprehensive health care teams. Professional nurses also teach health care, prepare discharge plans and make referrals that can aid patients and their families.

Master of Science in Nursing
Nursing education at the master’s level builds upon baccalaureate nursing preparation. Program courses and content are organized and courses sequenced to facilitate the progression of student learning from that of a baccalaureate generalist to that of a specialist. 

RN to MSN Bridge Component
The RN-MSN sequence is designed for registered nurses who have diplomas or associate degrees in nursing and who aspire to the master of science in nursing degree.

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