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When a patient needs to have surgery, they work with a team of healthcare professionals. From nurses to doctors to anesthesiologists, many healthcare professionals are involved in ensuring surgical procedures run smoothly.
Operating room assistant jobs play a vital role in the preparation and implementation of a surgical procedure. Before a patient goes in to surgery, operating room assistants prep them by shaving, washing and disinfecting any incision areas. They also prepare the operating room. This includes sterilizing equipment and surgical instruments, organizing the room and ensuring it is fully stocked.
During surgery, operating room assistants assist doctors by handing them the necessary surgical instruments. In order to do this, operating room assistants must have a thorough knowledge of each tool’s name and appearance. Assistants will need to recognize over 200 surgical instruments, and be able to grab them quickly during surgery.
Operating room assistant careers are demanding and require standing for long periods of time and working irregular hours, including nights, weekends and holidays. When searching for operating room assistant jobs, remember to also search for surgical technician, surgical technologist and scrub tech jobs, which are one in the same. You can start your search right here at ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs today!