Surgical assistants provide assistance surgeons during medical procedures in the operating room. They work directly under surgeons and must follow their orders at all times. Surgical assistants' work also includes preparation for surgeries, including following antiseptic techniques and sterilization procedures. Individuals in this position must also consistently check that required equipment is functioning properly and does not need maintenance. Work hours vary greatly depending on the employer and position, but often shift flexibility and long shifts are required. Surgical assistants generally must be on call for long periods, but actual work during these times varies based on demand. This position involves potential exposure to hazardous environments, ranging from body fluids and chemicals to radiation and diseases.
Surgical Assistant Tasks
Examine patients, collect, and update health histories and convey discharge instructions.
Document, process, and track patient and procedure information in electronic systems.
Assist during operations and procedures by providing tools, sterilizing, and performing medical tasks.
Prepare patients and rooms for procedures.