Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Southern University at Shreveport - Shreveport, LA

  • Associate Degree

Surgical Technology Surgical Technologists are Allied Health professionals trained to work directly under the supervision of the surgeon. In the Operating Room (OR), surgical technologists primarily set up sterile supplies, scrub with the sterile team, pass instruments, and anticipate the surgeon’s needs. Surgical Technologists are an integral part of the surgical team which includes the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the circulating nurse. The surgical technologist assists other surgical team members as needed. Although surgical technologists operate primarily in surgical settings, they also function in a variety of areas where aseptic/sterile techniques are of vital importance, as well as environments where expert knowledge of surgical and biomedical tools and equipment is essential. Areas of employment include, but are not limited to, surgery departments, central supply management, trauma centers, labor and delivery, teaching, as well as medical equipment sales. Many surgical technologists, with further training, progress to become surgical first assistants.

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