Meet an adventurous Surg Tech who escaped the New England winter -- while getting paid to travel to the Texas and South Carolina sunshine.
Eight million people are killed or injured every year because they cannot access safe surgery, but discussions of global health often don’t extend beyond images of Ebola treatment centers staffed with hazmat-clad workers and warnings about Zika virus transmission. The global burden of surgical diseases outstrips that of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis and surgery remains, in the words of Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, the “neglected stepchild of global health.”
As I left the operating room to find the family and let them know all was well, I thought about that question: "How can I best help you now?" And I realized that it's a question that can be used any time we see a fellow human floundering. They can be hurting from a crisis or just wondering what to next.
The average consumer has only recently woken up to the mainstream applications of virtual and augmented reality. Doctors, on the other hand, have embraced both technologies—collectively known as “XR” or “extended reality”—for almost two decades: The first successful remote surgery occurred in 2001, when a New York surgeon used remote robotic controls and 360-degree screens to perform cholecystectomy on a woman in France.
Despite teamwork and successful procedures, surgical technology comes with many obstacles and challenges of its own.
No one interacts with surgical technologists firsthand quite like surgeons do. So what better way to get an inside peek at life as a surg tech than to speak with a prominent surgeon?
Have you ever come across problems with rage and temperament issues in the OR. I have been an operating room tech for many years and have been in a variety of surgical settings.
Most people think you need years of advanced schooling at the highest levels to work in an operating room. To those who don’t learn or test well in a classroom – not to mention those unable or unwilling to shoulder the considerable financial burden of a medical or even nursing school education - work of this kind seems out of reach. But here is a field that prepares people for critical roles in the operating room – helping people when they are at their most helpless – with just a focused, two-year training program.
Good morning, CIOs. The transformative power of digital technology is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in health care. “The operating room is getting smarter, more effective—and a lot less risky for patients,”...
As with health-related occupations generally, surgical technology is expected to be a source of solid job growth in the coming decades as the post-World War II baby-boom generation ages and life spans continue to lengthen. That will increase the population of the elderly, who generally need more surgical procedures than younger people.
All too often, those of us working in hospital systems are quick to pull rank: attending surgeon, department chief, nursing supervisor, you name it. These titles are important, and do carry with them substantial experience, expertise, and knowledge. But just as often, we forget how critical certain members of our team are on a daily basis.
You’ve decided you’re done dodging questions from family and friends about your dead-end job. You’re ready for something better; something to launch your career and allow you to make a difference. You’re interested in making a name for yourself in the healthcare industry—and becoming a surgical technologist sounds like it might be the perfect fit.
Surgical technologists go by many titles: Surgical tech, operating room technician, scrub tech or surgical assistant. But regardless of what you call them, they all play an integral role on the operating room team.
As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organization for surgical technologists, AST's primary purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality.
Our site is a resource for the future and current surgical tech and surgical tech students. Our real life stories will give you a glimpse into the real world of the surgical technologist. Get tips, tricks and pointers from fellow surgical technologists out there.
SurgicalTechEDU.org provides comprehensive information on programs and career options where you live.
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The ARC/STSA is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting,
Our association seeks to unite professionals from diverse backgrounds, including Certified Surgical First Assistants (CSFAs), Certified Surgical Assistants (CSAs), and Surgical Assistants-Certified (SA-Cs), and to advance the allied health profession of surgical assisting.
The mission of the NBSTSA is to provide professional certification of surgical technologists (CST) and surgical first assistants (CSFA), thus promoting quality patient care in the surgical setting.
As the first organization in the country to establish standards of professionalism and proficiency for Non Physician Surgical Assistants, it is our mission to promote excellence, education, training, and professional certification.
We created this site to help prospective surgical technicians find accredited degree programs that suit their academic and career goals. We also offer career resources, salary statistics, and other useful information to help educate our visitors about this field:
Surgical Technology Schools is an up-to-date resource for surgical tech schools, training programs and degrees nationwide, as well as information on career paths and the surgical tech industry.