The Role Of Surgical Technologist As The First Scrub

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This paper will explore the role of the surgical technologist as the first scrub. It will discuss the education and training needed for this profession. Furthermore, the paper will look at the career advancement and opportunities to specialize that the surgical technologist can explore with more schooling and experience. There are different work environments available for this occupation and I will mention a few of them. Equally as important, I will examine some of the different surgical specialties and give examples of operating procedures that the surgical technologist will use to help the surgical team perform the operations. I was able to find the information contained in this paper using two publications found on the Internet…show more content…
They set up the instruments and equipment needed for the particular operation to be performed. They have to be able to anticipate what the surgeon will need and hand the instrument to him or her when required (Aims Education, 2015). The operating room is well lit and is a sterile environment. The surgical tech can expect to be standing for long periods of time, depending on the surgery being performed. They usually work a minimum of forty hours a week and it can be either days or nights. They may be on call for emergency surgeries depending on the environment they chose to work in (AST, 2014, pp 3-26). The surgical technologist can chose to specialize in neurology. Neurosurgery is one of the most sophisticated specialties with its advanced surgical procedures. The nervous system entails the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and the structures around them. The procedures can be anything from congenial defects, traumatic injury, and cancers. An example of neurosurgery is the craniotomy. This involves an incision of the cranium so the surgeon can access the brain. Cranioplasty is a procedure that repairs defects in the skull. This procedure is done to relieve headaches, and to prevent secondary injury to the brain (AST, 2014, pp 1142-1149). Another specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. The cardio specialist will do bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy, thoracoscopy, pectus excavatum repair, and lung repair.
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