Technical Standards

To provide the minimum standard of patient care in the operating room, the Surgical Technology student must be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Communicate in a clear, rational and concise manner to people in various departments and social levels.
  2. Read and apply appropriate instructions in medical charts, notes, and records.
  3. Lift and carry twenty-five (25) pounds of weight to waist level, such as instrument sets, operating bed attachments, and sandbags.
  4. Perform a full-range of motion, including moving immobile patients, handling, lifting and pushing heavy equipment.  Also be able to ascend and descend stairs in emergency situations.
  5. Utilize a keyboard for inputting patient and/or technical data into information computers.
  6. Wear radiation protective apparel weighing 7-20 pounds for extended periods of time.
  7. Demonstrate visual acuity (with correction, if needed) within normal range including peripheral vision and reading of fine print to be able to visually monitor equipment controls and distinguish between color-coded surgical supplies.
  8. Possess physical stamina, as long periods of standing are required.
  9. Wear full surgical attire including personal protective devices.
  10. Withstand unusual sights and smells, such as cauterized tissue.
  11. Recognize that the work environment will include exposure to diseases and toxic substances (sterility, x-ray, fumes, blood, etc…)
  12. Adapt effectively and use appropriate coping mechanisms in environments with high stress to ensure patient safety.
  13. Utilize problem-solving skills when emergency situations arise.
  14. Demonstrate auditory acuity (with correction, if needed) which includes hearing muffled voices (through a mask) with extraneous background noises.
  15. Use fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, both right and left hands, which allow the student to safely manipulate needles, blades, sutures, and instrumentation.
  16. Anticipate the needs and provide emotional support to team members and the patient.
  17. Keep a written account of the surgical procedure by documenting in an objective, concise, and legible manner.
  18. Demonstrate attentive behavior by focusing intently on the task at hand.  Not easily distracted.
  19. Integrate and prioritize duties.
  20. Adapt to irregular working hours as well as the ability to stay over a shift, as needed.
  21. Possess a stable temperament as is demonstrated by responsible, patient, organized and sensitive behavior.