• Surgical Technologists
  • Health Science
  • Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

    What do they typically do

    • Prepare operating rooms for surgery
    • Sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery
    • Prepare patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites
    • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing
    • Help surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies
    • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures
    • Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis
    • Count supplies such as sponges and instruments to maintain a sterile environment

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      Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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