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What Is a Surgical Technician?

Dec 05, 2008

A surgical technician is responsible for preparing the operating room for a procedure. The tasks assigned to a surgical technician may vary by hospital, or even by the type of surgery that is being performed. It is the surgical technician's job to ensure that the surgeons, nurses, and other members of the surgical team have everything they need to complete the procedure successfully.

Additionally, the surgical technician may help the surgeon and staff ready themselves for surgery, by helping them scrub in and dress, put on gloves and a cap. This way they can ensure that they are completely sterile before they begin. When the surgery is completed the surgical technician may also be responsible for cleaning up the equipment, and preparing the room for the next operation.

Generally one to two years of training is required to become a surgical technician, and the median salary for this position is $40,064 annually.

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