Assists surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Performs preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Verifies the identity of patient or operative site.
- Monitors and maintains aseptic technique throughout procedures.
- Coordinates or participates in the positioning of patients, using body stabilizing equipment or protective padding to provide appropriate exposure for the procedure or to protect against nerve damage or circulation impairment.
- Covers patients with surgical drapes to create and maintain a sterile operative field.
- Maintains an unobstructed operative field, using surgical retractors, sponges, or suctioning and irrigating equipment.
- Applies sutures, staples, clips, or other materials to close skin, facia, or subcutaneous wound layers.
- Prepares and applies sterile wound dressings.
- Discusses with surgeon the nature of the surgical procedure, including operative consent, methods of operative exposure, diagnostic or laboratory data, or patient-advanced directives or other needs.
- Determines availability of necessary equipment or supplies for operative procedures.
- Clamps, ligates, or cauterizes blood vessels to control bleeding during surgical entry, using hemostatic clamps, suture ligatures, or electrocautery equipment.