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Working As A Scrub 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 A Scrub Technician Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Anticipate and plan individualized care for the patient for all routine surgical cases and anticipate most unexpected patient and surgeon needs.
* Perform in the surgical technologist role, both running the table and assisting the surgeon on all types of surgery cases utilizing the principles of surgical asepsis, infection control, universal precautions and life safety.
* Maintain an orderly and organized work environment and take responsibility for the maintenance and care of all equipment.
* Prioritize effectively, implement problem solving skills and perform in a coordinated manner when delivering care in high stress environments.
* Demonstrate expertise in the operation and function of instrumentation and equipment for routine cases performed in surgery.
* Maintain instrument sets, demonstrating understanding of appropriate sterilization methods and act as a resource and mentor to less experienced staff on cases, equipment and instrumentation.
* Perform other related duties as directed that correspond to the overall function of this position

What Does A Scrub Technician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Demonstrates necessary practical, technical, or specialized skills required for the role of the surgical technician in accordance with AST (Association of Surgical Technologist).
* Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of surgical procedures to enable proper performance of scrub duties and to anticipate the needs of the surgeon.
* Assists in preparing the operative suite for surgery by checking and gathering supplies, equipment, and instruments.
* Assists with patient positioning, skin preparation, and surgical draping according to surgeon’s protocol.
* Assists with application of dressing splints and casts.
* Ensures that surgical asepsis is maintained in the handling of instruments, sponges, sutures, drains, needles, and dressings.
* Assists in the turnover of the O
* R. suites between cases, disposing of trash and linens, and cleaning of equipment and environmental surfaces, as required.
* Prepares procedure room for use the following day by bringing in equipment, setting up, "pulling cases" accurately, and reporting to supervisor items that are needed and not available.
* Maintains confidentiality of records and patient information at all times

What Does A Scrub Technician Do At Sinai Health System

* Direct Patient Care in the Operative Procedure.
* Assists personnel with surgical attire.
* Assists with instrumentation throughout procedurere.
* Performs sharps, instrument and sponge count according to standard.
* Coordinates with circulating RN as a member of the Perioperative Team.
* Ensures all personnel maintain aseptic technique and universal precautions at all times.
* Prepares operating rooms for procedures.
* Stocks operation room and delivery rooms in accordance with the par levels.
* Cleans and replaces equipment between patients.
* Medical/Dental/Visio

What Does A Scrub Technician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Ensure that qualify patient care is delivered to all patients on a 24-hour basis, and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of CHI.
* Assist surgical team in the scrubbing role according CHI St.
* Luke's policies and procedures.
* Maintain sterile field.
* Report immediately any breaks in aseptic technique.
* Pass instruments, suture products, medication, and sponge materials to surgeon.
* Assist with retracting of tissue and organs, and suctioning by holding the retracting instrument that has been placed by the surgeon
* Electrosurgical current may be applied as directed by the surgeon.
* Perform surgical counts with the RN according to policy and procedure.
* Proficiently function in the scrub role for all services provided.
* Function as a resource for at least one specific service.
* Utilize/open supplies judiciously, offers suggestions, improvements with focus on quality and cost containment.
* Actively participate in product evaluations.
* Assure appropriate equipment and supplies are available for each procedure:
* Assist RN in updating preference card
* Work closely with the instrument room as service specialist/instrument liaison to assure provision of quality.
* Assists with cleaning and stocking of procedure, operating/Recovery and Delivery Room.
* Assist in housekeeping duties as directed to insure safe patient environment and an efficient room turnover.
* Sets up Delivery tables and assists OB/RN with deliveries/c-sections.
* Assists the team in appropriate transport/transfer/positioning of patients.
* Assist RN with circulator duties while under direct supervision.
* Work assigned shifts, responding when called upon for additional or emergency service as necessary and on-call according to Perioperative policies.
* Actively participate in providing 2 in-services per year at unit or service level.
* In-services are approved by the Manager prior to presentation.
* Attend at least 10 hours of continuing education per year.
* Preceptor for students and new employees.
* Complete preceptor orientation paperwork within established time frames.
* Actively participate in unit/committee meetings and is an active member of a professional organization.
* Qualifications

What Does A Scrub Technician Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Performs scrub duties including appropriate procedural counts with the circulator, assisting with procedures per physician preference cards and response to emergency procedures.
* Promotes a safe environment for patients and staff by adhering to standards for asepsis including setting up of surgical and vaginal delivery fields, decontaminating instruments and equipment and removal or cleaning of drapes, instruments, tables and supplies from the OR or delivery suite.
* Participates in universal protocol.
* Monitors and appropriately manages and disposes of sharps.
* Reports breaks in aseptic technique immediately to circulator.
* Contributes to patient satisfaction and women and newborns teamwork by assisting the nursing staff in activities of daily living.
* Contributes to financial responsibility through appropriate and timely ordering and stocking of supplies in central areas and patient rooms.
* Functions as a member of the team by active participation in unit meetings, committees and special projects

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How To Become A Scrub 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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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Arabic

  • Armenian


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Top Scrub Technician Skills

  1. Sterile Technique
  2. Operation Room
  3. Surgical Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform surgical tech tasks during operative procedures while maintaining sterile technique.
  • Prepare the operation room prior to the operation and verify the necessary supplies and tools.
  • Scheduled surgical procedures, ordered supplies needed.
  • Work on the Labor and Delivery/Mother-Baby unit providing direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse.
  • Scrub Technician to various hospitals as needed.

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