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Surgical Technologists

Surgical Technologists, also called surgical or operating room technicians, assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel.

They prepare operating rooms with surgical instruments, equipment, and sterile linens needed during an operation.

Technologists also may prepare patients for surgery by cleaning, shaving, and disinfecting body areas where the surgeon will operate.

They may transport patients to operating rooms, help position them on the operating table, and drape linens over the patient to prevent exposure.

During surgery, Surgical Technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants.

They hold retractors, cut sutures, and keep inventory of sponges, needles, and instruments used during the operation.

Technologists also help in the care and disposal of specimens removed for testing during operations and help apply dressings or bandages.

They may also operate sterilizers, lights, suction machines, and diagnostic equipment.

After an operation, Surgical Technologists help transfer patients to the recovery room and assist nurses in cleaning and restocking the operating room for the next operation.



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