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Surgical Technologists

Surgical technologists deliver patient care in the operating room before, during, and after surgery as members of a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel.

Surgical technologists  deliver patient care in the operating room

Surgical Technologists

Surgical technologists work under the supervision of the surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe; that equipment functions properly; and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Surgical technologists may earn a professional credential by passing a nationally administered certifying examination. Those who become certified are granted the designation of certified surgical technologist (CST).

Surgical technologists prepare the operating room by selecting and opening sterile supplies appropriate for particular surgical procedures. Surgical technologists may assist with positioning the patient and prepping the patient for surgery as well as providing physical and emotional support. The CST most often functions as the sterile member of the surgical team who passes instruments, sutures and sponges during surgery. The technologist also assists other sterile team members with gowning, gloving and the application of sterile drapes.

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