Surgical Technologist - Diploma Program at Concorde Career College - Denver
As a Surgical Technologist, you perform essential tasks before, during and after operations. You work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other key surgical personnel in hospital operating rooms and outpatient surgery centers. Surgical Technologists play a critical role in patient care. There are four types of surgical technologists: scrub, second circulating, first assisting, and second assisting. Scrub, circulating, second assisting, and first assisting surgical technologists have primary responsibilities in maintaining the sterile field, being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to proper technique. The scrub surgical technologist (STSR) handles instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They also maintain sterile environment and anticipate the needs of the surgeon. The second circulating surgical technologist (STCR) assists the RN in obtaining additional instruments, supplies, and equipment while the surgical procedure is in progress. The STCR also assists in monitoring operating room conditions and assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team. The second assisting surgical technologist (STSA) assists the surgeon and/or first assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks other than cutting, clamping, and suturing of tissue. Distinct from first assistant and may be performed at the same time as the scrub role.