Facts and Fiction: What You Need to Know about Surgical Technology
Surgical technologists (also known as scrub techs) are an intrinsic part of any operating room team, and are relied upon to perform a wide variety of tasks. We’ve heard quite a few fallacies about this career, and as one of America’s leading allied healthcare training programs, we’d like to set the record straight about this exciting – and often misunderstood – career.
Myth 1: All You Do Is Pass Tools to the Surgeon
Though they certainly hand surgical instruments over to surgeons during procedures, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to scrub techs’ responsibilities.
These allied healthcare professionals work directly with patients – from positioning them on tables to disinfecting incision sites to transporting samples for analysis. Scrub techs often tend to be responsible for arranging and stocking operating theaters, and are considered an extra pair of capable hands in the OR. During certain procedures, they may even be asked to hold organs in place under the supervision of surgeons or nurses.
Myth 2: Surgical Techs Are the Same as Nurses
At times, the duties of nurses and surgical techs might overlap in the operating room – especially when it comes to providing patient care. There are, however, clear differences in their roles.
Registered nurses (RNs) have a far greater range of specialized responsibilities, from providing medical advice to operating equipment. With the right training, RNs can administer anesthesia to patients as well. Surgical technologists might receive instructions from RNs during procedures.