Surgical technicians form an important part of the surgical care team. They are responsible for patient transfers to and from the OR, situating patients on the operating table, prepping them for surgery, and assisting the physician during surgery. Additionally, CSTs are trained in aseptic technique and are tasked with cleaning and sterilizing the OR and surgical instruments. Some operating room technicians may even manage the surgical supply inventory and place orders to ensure that surgeons have all necessary tools and materials. CSTs can choose to specialize in particular case types such as cardiovascular, orthopedic, or neurological surgeries and can select their clinical setting, as they are employable in acute care hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
Job Skills / Requirements:
- Valid BLS through the American Heart Association
- Specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Experience as a CST in the OR
- National Certification, preferably through the NBSTSA
Job Salary & Benefits:
Salary.com reports that the skills that increase pay for this job the most are Neuro, Open Heart, and Vascular. As a Surgical Technologist transitions to Surgical Technician and then to Surgical Assistant, salary is also likely to increase. The type of facility in which the CST works is also a factor affecting pay, with Specialty Hospitals and Outpatient Care Centers tending to offer higher salaries.
Date posted: 2018-06-11 14:10