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Surgical Technologists
District Of Columbia

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Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

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Currently Employed: 630

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $24.34 - $31.98

Typical Annual Salary: $50,600 - $66,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
  • Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
  • Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
  • Wash and sterilize equipment, using germicides and sterilizers.
  • Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
  • Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, or diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.

tools & technology

  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment
  • Medical stapler for internal use
  • Surgical lasers or accessories
  • Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
  • Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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