Surgical techs are important members of operating room teams, and National Surgical Tech Week is a great time to celebrate these techs, their dedication and accomplishments, and the differences they make every day.
The operating room can be a tense, high-pressure environment. Surgical techs must work well in high-stress situations by maintaining a calming presence. In that way, they help reduce the tension in the operating room; if they are not calm, they may add to the tension. As part of this, they must be able to deal well with difficult and unexpected experiences.
Those difficult and unexpected experiences may include an urgency to accomplish procedures, as well as unsettling scenes. This is all part of the job, and that’s why surgical techs must be ready for anything. When they are ready for anything, they can be more effective in the role.
When surgical techs are calm in the operating room, it can help them in several very important ways. It can help them to be attentive and anticipate the surgeon’s needs. It can also help them have a thick skin, which can be helpful to take criticism in this high-stress environment. It can also help them be more adaptable and flexible, which is critical in a situation where even a minor operation may take a serious turn.
Vital Part of the Procedure
Surgical techs have specific duties before, during, and after surgery. Before surgery, their duties may include sterilizing the equipment, preparing the patient and the OR, and checking supplies. During surgery, surgical tech duties may include handing instruments to the surgeon and assisting as requested. After the procedure is complete, duties may include helping dress the wound and transferring the patient to recovery.
Although surgical techs have specific duties before, during, and after surgery, one of the most important parts of the job happens during surgery. The primary role of the surgical technologist, or scrub tech, as they’re often called, is to prepare a sterile field and pass instruments to the surgeon during the surgical procedure.
In the operating room, everyone is part of a team. This means that surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers. This is essential because no one in the operating room can do their jobs effectively without help from each other. Teamwork is necessary to care for the patient.
We Appreciate Surgical Techs
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. We know how hard surgical techs work, and we appreciate them every day. Are you a surgical tech searching for your next assignment? We can help: give us a call at 310.436.3650!