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Working As An Operating Room Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $54,400

    Average Salary

What Does An Operating Room Technician Do At Community Health Systems

* Utilizes principles of aseptic technique in creating and maintaining a sterile field.
* Plans and provides equipment and supplies based on patient and physician needs.
* Demonstrates competency in assisting surgeon as it relate to unit scope of care.
* Promotes cost containment while delivering quality patient care within the operating room.
* Participates in late and on-call assignments and demonstrates flexibility to cover staffing as needed.
* Operation of the department.
* Demonstrates flexibility to perform other functions within Surgical Services
* Provides a safe environment for the surgical patient during their perioperative experience.
* Serves as a professional member of the OR team.
* Pursues own professional growth through continuing education and in-services.
* Adheres to hospital policies and procedures; supports the mission of the hospital

What Does An Operating Room Technician Do At Surgery Care Affiliates

* Performs surgical team functions under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.
* Prepares and maintains supplies, instruments, equipment and rooms for surgical procedures.
* Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
* Performs specified functions to meet the requirements of each approved procedure.
* Assembles supplies and equipment for scheduled procedures according to physicians’ preference cards.
* Inspects equipment for proper working condition.
* Follows principles of aseptic technique and prescribed operating/procedure room procedures.
* Adheres to aseptic technique when opening sterile packages and preparing for the procedure.
* Arranges instruments according to given procedure.
* Confirms that instruments work properly.
* Maintains availability of instruments and supplies to avoid delays.
* Reports observed or suspected breaks in sterile technique and takes action according to policy.
* Correctly uses, cares for, cleans, and sterilizes instruments, supplies, and equipment as directed.
* Handles equipment and instruments correctly to provide appropriate availability and safety.
* Assists in maintaining adequate supplies in the operating room for immediate access during procedure.
* Assists in storing and stocking supplies as directed.
* Maintains and updates instrument cards and surgeons’ preference cards.
* Responds in a timely manner to meet the needs of the patient and physician.
* Documents patient care records and other forms according to facility policies and procedures.
* Accurately advises others responsible for care of the patient about the patient’s status.
* Recognizes safety hazards and initiates appropriate corrective and/or preventive measures.
* Maintains confidentiality of patient and organization related information.
* Supports the Surgery Center environment by acknowledging the presence and dignity of all with whom he/she communicates.
* Interacts with diverse populations who may be under considerable situational stress.
* Participates in and supports the Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
* Participates in task forces and committees as assigned.
* Demonstrates willingness to learn and accept changes.
* Adheres to standard universal precautions.
* Qualifications

What Does An Operating Room Technician Do At Northwell Health

* Functions as a scrub assistant.
* Scrubs hands and arms, and dons gown and gloves.
* Set up operating room tray, arranging instruments, sponges, sutures, catheters, drains and dressings.
* Assists surgical team during surgery by passing/counting instruments and sponges, dressings, etc.
* Functions as a circulating assistant (under direct supervision of RN).
* Prepares Operating Room for surgery by obtaining necessary supplies and equipment.
* Prepares patient for surgery in prescribed manner to provide a surgically sterile field.
* Operates lights, tables, suction machines, cautery, etc. during surgery.
* May assist Nurse in planning and labeling specimens obtained during surgery.
* Assists in care of Operating Room after surgery by disposing of soiled linens, gloves, and debris; sterilizing instruments, etc. according to terminal technique.
* Assists in the care and maintenance of instrumentation and equipment.
* Performs a variety of related duties, such as transporting patients to and from Operating Room, maintaining appropriate records, etc.
* Assists with routine Operating Room functions such as holding retractor(s).
* Assists Nurse with orientation of new staff to scrub position.
* Performs related duties, as required

What Does An Operating Room Technician Do At NYU Medical Center

* Exposure & handling of hazardous waste.
* Performs proper specimen handling according to guidelines from the laboratory.
* Universal precautions are observed and appropriate PPE utilized.
* Performs all the requirements of the Universal Protocol and Time Out in accordance with Hospital policy.
* Creates and maintains a sterile field.
* Reports any break in technique with proper follow-up.
* Performs other duties as aligned with the mission and values of the organization
* Demonstrates personal accountability for own professional practice and professional growth.
* Promotes patient safety and quality including adherence to the National Patient Safety Goals.
* Communicates and collaborates effectively with members of the health care team escalating situations appropriately
* Establishes effective caring relationships with staff patients families and other members of the health care team.
* Establishes priorities for patient care delivery and uses critical thinking skills coordinates and completes patient care responsibilities independently or by appropriately delegating.
* Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on physical psychosocial educational safety and age related criteria pertinent to the patients served in his/her assigned area

What Does An Operating Room Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Prepares surgical operating suite with sterile drapes and sterile solutions as well as appropriate sterile and non-sterile instruments and supplies.
* Hands required/requested instruments and supplies to surgeon during surgery.
* Assists with preparing, transporting, positioning and draping patients.
* Maintains instruments in an organized manner and monitors/tracks instruments counts throughout procedures.
* Assists HCP to perform non-invasive prepping of skin & draping patients for surgery.
* Assists surgeons provision of hemostasis during surgery by handing instruments
* Holds retractor after placement by HCP
* Anticipates instrument needs of a surgeon & other non-licensed tasks

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How To Become An Operating Room Technician

Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. A small number of states regulate surgical technologists.


Surgical technologists typically need postsecondary education. Many community colleges and vocational schools, as well as some universities and hospitals, have accredited programs in surgical technology. Programs range in length from several months to 2 years, and they grant a diploma, certificate, or associate’s degree upon completion. Admission typically requires a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Surgical technology education includes courses in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and other topics. Surgical technologists are trained in the care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, how to set up technical or robotic equipment, and preventing and controlling infections. In addition to classroom study, students also work in supervised clinical settings to gain hands-on experience.

First surgical assistants may complete a formal education program in surgical assisting. Others may work as a surgical technologist and receive additional on-the-job training before becoming a first assistant.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Surgical technologists must pay close attention to their work at all times. For example, they need to provide the correct sterile equipment for surgeons during an operation.

Dexterity. Surgical technologists should be comfortable working with their hands. They must be able to provide needed equipment quickly.

Integrity. Because they are trusted to provide sterile supplies and quality patient care during surgical procedures, surgical technologists must have integrity.

Physical stamina. Surgical technologists should be comfortable standing for extended periods.

Stress-management skills. Working in an operating room can be stressful. Surgical technologists should be able to work well under pressure while providing a high level of care.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. Surgical technologists may earn certification through credentialing organizations.

Certification through The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting allows the use of the title “Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).” Certification typically requires completing an accredited formal education program or military training program and passing an exam.

Certification through the National Center for Competency Testing allows the use of the title “Tech in Surgery - Certified (NCCT).” Applicants may qualify through formal education, military training, work experience, or other eligibility paths. All require documenting critical skills and passing an exam.

Both certifications require surgical technologists to complete continuing education to maintain their certification.

In addition, many jobs require technologists to become certified in CPR or basic life support, or both.

A small number of states have regulations governing the work of surgical technologists or surgical assistants, or both.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants, and the American Board of Surgical Assistants offer certification for surgical first assistants.


Surgical technologists may choose to advance to other healthcare occupations, such as registered nurse. Technologists may also choose to become a postsecondary teacher of health specialties.

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Operating Room Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Bulgarian

  • German

  • Dari

  • Russian

  • Italian

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Top Skills for An Operating Room Technician


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Top Operating Room Technician Skills

  1. Plastic Surgery
  2. Surgeons
  3. Room Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Limited experience in assisting in plastic surgery.
  • Performed procedures with surgeons, managed operating and procedure rooms, Worked with patient's medical and emotional needs.
  • Set up operating room and assist doctors in cardiac and various other operating room procedures.
  • Project managed the implementation of safer more efficient shelf life for permeable gas and steamed surgical instruments prior to surgery.
  • Maintain instruments for the Neurosurgery service.

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Operating Room Technician Videos

Nurse (Operating Room), Career Video from drkit.org

Life of an Operating Room Technician

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