Surgical Technologist (Former Employee), Shelbyville, IN – July 3, 2013
Pros: great pay. great benefits.
Cons: emergency surgeries can be intense, the or can be very stressful at times, i was only prn and sometimes my hours were low.
The start of the morning I would find my name and pull a schedule of the surgeries (cases) that I would be completing for the day. I would then pull all materials necessary to complete the surgery. Once the patient had been seen by the doctor and he confirmed the patient is ready for the procedure I would sterilely open all the instruments that we were – more... going to use for the case. I would then sterilely scrub-in and sterilely gown and glove myself without contaminating myself or any instrument that was going to be used. I then began setting up my back table and mayo stand based on my memory of how the doctor liked it set up for this procedure and the main instruments that the doctor would be using, I would place them closest to where he could have quick access. Once the patient was on the table and the anesthesiologist had them under I would drape the patient sterilely, sometimes with another surgical technologist. Once the doctor was scrubbed in and in the room I would gown and glove him, pull up my tables and start anticipating on what he would need first. I assisted through surgeries sometimes they were one hour and sometimes they would take up to four hours. After the surgery was complete I would clean the patient off. Then I would count all instruments like I would do at the start to ensure all were accounted for. – less