It’s evident that these medical professionals are a vital part of the OR team, but the question remains: What does a surgical technologist actually do? Keep reading for a behind-the-scenes look at the surgical technology duties that take place before, during and after a surgical procedure.
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Picture today a surgical scene: sterile room, bright lights and instruments clean. Patients today know they’ll be safe. But lo, long ago, this was not the case. Join us as we walk through the not-so-neat history of surgery.
Surgeries weren’t always so neat and clean. They didn’t always have such happy endings. In fact, surgeries weren’t even considered relatively safe until less than a hundred years ago. Take a walk with us through the history of surgery!
We consulted some medical pros who are no strangers to the OR and asked them about the precautions taken when patients are awake on the surgical table. Here’s what we learned.
Surgical techs go by many titles, but no matter what you call them, they all play an integral role in the operating room. What else do surgical techs do and what does it take to become one? And more importantly, is it worth it?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could capitalize on the exciting opportunity in healthcare without losing almost a decade of valuable time in school? Well you’re in luck! We identified five growing medical field jobs you can land in four years or less. Keep reading and you may just stumble upon your future medical career!
Despite advancements in medicine and surgical techniques, retained surgical items continue to be a problem in the medical community. Read on to learn how items get left behind, what the cost is for the community and what you can do about it.
Surgical techs play a unique, hands-on role in the medical field and the skills needed to succeed are just as unique. The usual descriptors like "team-player" and "dedicated" are all great to have, but these five skills identified by surgical techs will help you stand out.
A good way to judge a person's character is to see how they respond to adversity. Nicole Gumke, a graduate of the Fargo Surgical Technologist program, is a great example of someone who went on to persevere despite setbacks.
A patient often trusts that when they are unconscious lying on an operating table all the hospital staff performing their surgery is credentialed, but for some hospitals, that's not a requirement. Currently, the only hospital staff position in the operating room that is not required to meet minimum education and certification standards is a surgical technologist, or surg tech.
Being a surgical technologist is hard work. It often pulls at the heart strings and can affect whether somebody lives or dies. To acknowledge all of the difficult tasks expected of a surgical technologist, Sept. 16 through Sept. 21 of this year has been designated National Surgical Technologist Week.
A person will often graduate with a degree, only to later realize it wasn't for them and go back to school to earn a degree in something more suitable to their interests and talents. That's what happened to recent Rasmussen College Surgical Technologist graduate, Summer Blakey.