Surgical technologists assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. They help set up the operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. This is a physically demanding job that requires standing for extended periods of time and the ability to perform under pressure in emergency situations. Surgical technologists must maintain a strong knowledge of human anatomy, allowing them to anticipate the needs of surgeons in ever-changing environments.
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