Surgical Technologist: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:19)
Katelyn Adams createss and maintains a sterile field during surgery. She also assists when a doctor needs to retract or suction.
Surgical Technologist: Career Beginnings (01:15)
Adams was inspired by the television program "Gray's Anatomy." During college she worked in a hospital's sterile processing department.
Surgical Technologist: Keys for Success (00:32)
Everyone in a surgical room needs to work as a team. Adams does not learn the outcome of her patients.
Surgical Technologist: Education and Certification Requirements (01:32)
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certifies professionals and certification must be renewed every two to four years. Hospitals provide classes for continuing education. Individuals should be quick thinking, work well with others, and be able to operate a laparoscope.
Surgical Technologist: Workplace Atmosphere (01:18)
Work can be stressful at times and tends to be quiet. Focus on the patient. Call shifts come in increments of eight and twelve hours; surgical technologists work holidays, nights, and weekends.
Surgical Technologist: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:13)
Be open-minded and willing to learn new things. Consider attending to a two-year college instead of taking a certificate program. Bad smells can occur in the operating room.
Surgical Technologist: A Day on the Job (03:40)
Adams changes into scrubs and learns her assignment for the day. She prepares the operating room and ensures all equipment is present; anticipate the needs of the surgeon. The bovie cauterizes wounds.
Surgical Technologist: Industry Goals and Services (00:43)
The patient always comes first. Surgical technologists need to stay abreast of the latest advances in medicine. Hospitals are trying to eliminate narcotics post-surgery.
Surgical Technologist: Industry Challenges (00:47)
Regulations, reimbursement, and insurance pose challenges. Adams hopes that health care will be affordable for everyone in the next ten years.
Surgical Technologist: Looking at the Future (00:56)
Most surgeries will be conducted with robots. Health care and technology will continue to grow. Surgical technologists will be asked to return to school to obtain the first assist credential.
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