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Guardians of the Patient: Surgical Technologists and the Important Role They Play

Posted: September 21, 2018 by Diane Smith
Photo of Surgical Technology students in mock surgery setting.
Surgical Technology students in mock surgery setting.

“Guardians of the Patient” might sound like the newest super hero movie headed to theaters, but it’s not some Hollywood story, it’s an important role that surgical technologists play on the healthcare team.

Also known as operating room technicians, surgical technologists assist with operations. They prepare rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during surgeries, usually in hospitals, but also sometimes in outpatient surgical centers. 

In honor of surgical technologists’ week, we wanted to shed some additional light onto the integral role these everyday superheroes play in the safety of their patients. Working side-by-side with surgeons and nurses in the operating room, surgical technologists make sure each procedure goes as smoothly and precisely as possible. They also count medical tools and supplies to ensure surgeons don’t leave anything behind. 

Photo of  Surgical Technician Graduate, Leah Elswick Surgical Technician Graduate, Leah Elswick.
Leah Elswick is a graduate of the Surgical Technology program at our Denver campus. She came to Pima Medical right out of high school looking for a career in the medical field. She chose Surgical Technology because it seemed both challenging and fun.

“My role is to scrub in, prepare my cart with the specific items needed for a particular surgery, scrub in again, open everything, and organize my table. Once the patient is brought into the room, I may help prep and drape the patient, and once the surgery begins, I assist the surgeon. I’m like the right-hand-man to the surgeon, attempting to give him what he needs before he may even know he needs it.”

Elswick added, “If you’re looking for a fast-paced career where you can test yourself or a career with a lot of possibilities for growth and specialty paths, the Surgical Technology program at PMI would be a great fit for you.”

Pima Medical Institute offers a Surgical Technology associate degree program at its Denver and Phoenix campuses. Through hands-on learning, students can earn their degree in 18 months while learning from highly experienced faculty in a real-world laboratory. Add to that field experience through clinical externships and students will be prepared to start their careers immediately.

Surgical Technology is an in-demand and exciting career, and employers are looking for qualified people to fill the roles.* This job is proof that not all super heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear scrubs.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited May 31, 2018).

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