This week, we celebrate the profession of surgical technology. Do you know what a surgical technologist is or does in surgery?
We serve as an integral part of the surgical team, standing next to and across from the surgeon during all surgical procedures. We’re either
- handling the instrumentation and the medications for the patient
- helping handle tissue, or
- troubleshooting any thing that may arise.
We are credentialed professionals and vital surgical team members.
In 1979, the very first evening I worked at a large hospital in St. Louis, I experienced a procedure where a patient came in with incredible and life-threatening injuries. While I was overwhelmed, I knew that I had chosen the right career field, because we worked as a team, the surgeon, the assistants, and the nurses. With very little verbal communication, everyone knew what to do.
We have to think on our feet everyday and stay focused on the goal. I love the challenge of always trying to anticipate the surgeon’s moves to be the best surgical technologist. I still enjoy the intensity as well as the gentle care we provide patients in order to produce the best outcomes possible.
So, let’s celebrate the hidden health care team member!
Join us for Open House Mock Operating Rooms this week.
Tuesday 1-3 p.m. and Friday 10-noon in Room L143
Questions? C ontact Carolyn Ragsdale, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.