Small hospital, family operated, team orientated.
Surgical Technologist (Former Employee) – Hopedale, IL – August 12, 2013
As a surgical tech I would arrive at work, change into surgical scrubs, check the board for surgery's scheduled for the day. Receive my cases I would be assisting in. Prepare for these surgery's by obtaining all required instrumentation, needles,bandages, etc. Place unopened items into room. Put mask on, scrub for case, don gown and gloves open surgical packs, place all instruments and supplies in orderly fashion preparing for the surgery. Waited in room for patient and nurse, doctor to arrive. Assist doc with gown and gloves, hand instruments to doctor as needed, maintain sterile field and correct counts of instruments and needles at all times. Kept accurate count of all fluids in and out of patient. When surgery was done then after patient left the operating room I would begin breaking down the sterile tables,removing all instruments and supplies from room. Cleaning the room and preparing for the next surgery.
I learned various surgical procedures and how best to assist in various environments.
The chain of command is respected and teamwork among-st us all a requirement.
The hardest part of the job long hours at times without the ability to leave to use bathroom or gain nourishment.
I enjoyed the individual aspects of each surgical case, and the ability to help make a difference in a person's life.
Variety of surgical cases.
Sometimes long hours with out ability to use restroom or receive nourishment.