NATIONAL SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS WEEK
The third week in September recognizes surgical technologists during National Surgical Technologists Week. They are the people who keep you safe and healthy during surgery. They make the operating room efficient and keep the patient safe. National Surgical Technologist Week promotes the profession and educates people about the vital role that surgical technologists play in operating rooms.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 108,000 surgical technologists work in the U.S. Their median income is just over $47,000. The predicted job growth for surgical technicians is expected to be higher than the national average for all other jobs. It’s anticipated the number of surgical technicians in the next 10 years in the U.S. will grow 12%. That’s because advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
Surgical technologists typically do the following:
- Prepare operating rooms for surgery.
- Sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
- Ready patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites.
- Help surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.
- Count supplies, such as surgical instruments, to ensure that no foreign objects are retained in patients.
- Maintain a sterile environment to prevent patient infection.
Before Surgery — As the Mayo Clinic describes the job, surgical technologists prepare patients. Preparation can include prepping their incision site, transporting them to the operating room and covering them in surgical drapes.
During Surgery — Surgical technologists assist physicians during surgery. They are in charge of retrieving tools, counting needles and supplies, and cutting sutures. Basically, anything the doctor needs, surgical technologists are there to lend a hand. Whether that’s something as simple as passing the forceps or caring for a specimen taken for laboratory analysis, a surgical technologist gets it done.
After Surgery – A surgical technologist helps surgeons make sure all tools are accounted for and assist with applying sterile dressings. The surgical technologist also helps the medical team clean the operating room to reduce the risk of infection for the next patient.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SurgicalTechnologistsWeek
Nominate a surgical technologist for the annual recognition by the Association of Surgical Technologists.
Use #SurgicalTechnologistWeek to follow the conversation on social media.
If you’re considering the profession for yourself or someone else, read some of the details of becoming a surgical technologist.
NATIONAL SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS WEEK HISTORY
In 1984, the Association of Surgical Technologists Board of Directors dedicated the third week in September to recognizing surgical technologists. The week has been celebrated every year since.