Doctors and nurses aren’t the only important people in an operating room when someone’s life is on the line – surgical technologists who completed accredited surgical technology training programs assist them with life-saving procedures. A scrub, also called “scrub tech“, “surgical technician” or “operating room technician,” is an allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care. They possess knowledge and skills in sterile and aseptic techniques. There are few mandatory professional requirements for surgical technologists, and the scope of practice varies widely across countries and jurisdictions. The goal is for surgical technologists to be able to anticipate the next move the surgeon is going to make in order to make the procedure as smooth and efficient as possible. They do this by having the knowledge of hundreds of surgical procedures and the steps the surgeon needs to take in order to complete the procedure including the very wide range of surgical instruments they may need.
Surgical Technologists are very specialized professionals and work under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurse (RN), or other surgical personnel (such as a more senior Technologists), to help ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. They handle the instruments, scrubs, medications, and other supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They perform basic tasks such as checking patients’ medical charts and consent forms, and preparing sterile dressings. Surgical Technologists also train other OR personnel such as new technologists and new circulating RNs.