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Sunday, August 31, 2014

MARATHON -- Fishermen's Community Hospital is taking part in National Surgical Technologists Week from Sept. 21-27.

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique combined with the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation of tools and technologies.

The surgical team is comprised of the surgeon, a registered nurse (circulating nurse), the anesthesiologist and at least one surgical technologist. The surgical technologist will maintain and pass instruments and equipment to the surgeon. Many techs are specifically trained to assist the surgeon in performing surgery along with their base-skill set.

Initial certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is based upon satisfactory performance on the national certification examination following completion of an accredited program in surgical technology. Initial certification is by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Surgical technologists maintain their certification by earning 60 hours of approved continuing education in a four-year period or by successfully retaking the certifying examination at the conclusion of the four-year period.

Please take time out to say "thank you" to a crucial member of the surgical team that many times can be categorized as the "unsung" member of the operating room as many do not realize this role exists.