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Surgical Assistants - 29-2099.07

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified First Assistant (CFA)
  • Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA)
  • Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA)
  • Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA)
  • Certified Surgical Technician
  • Gastrointestinal Technician (GI Technician)
  • Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA)
  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Surgical Scrub Technician (Surgical Scrub Tech)
  • Surgical Technician (Surgical Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

No information available.

Tasks

  • Adjust and maintain operating room temperature, humidity, or lighting, according to surgeon's specifications.
  • Apply sutures, staples, clips, or other materials to close skin, facia, or subcutaneous wound layers.
  • Assess skin integrity or other body conditions upon completion of the procedure to determine if damage has occurred from body positioning.
  • Assist in applying casts, splints, braces, or similar devices.
  • Assist in the insertion, positioning, or suturing of closed-wound drainage systems.
  • Assist in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques.
  • Assist members of surgical team with gowning or gloving.
  • Assist with patient resuscitation during cardiac arrest or other life-threatening events.
  • Clamp, ligate, or cauterize blood vessels to control bleeding during surgical entry, using hemostatic clamps, suture ligatures, or electrocautery equipment.
  • Coordinate or participate in the positioning of patients, using body stabilizing equipment or protective padding to provide appropriate exposure for the procedure or to protect against nerve damage or circulation impairment.
  • Coordinate with anesthesia personnel to maintain patient temperature.
  • Cover patients with surgical drapes to create and maintain a sterile operative field.
  • Determine availability of necessary equipment or supplies for operative procedures.
  • Discuss with surgeon the nature of the surgical procedure, including operative consent, methods of operative exposure, diagnostic or laboratory data, or patient-advanced directives or other needs.
  • Gather, arrange, or assemble instruments or supplies.
  • Incise tissue layers in lower extremities to harvest veins.
  • Insert or remove urinary bladder catheters.
  • Maintain an unobstructed operative field, using surgical retractors, sponges, or suctioning and irrigating equipment.
  • Monitor and maintain aseptic technique throughout procedures.
  • Monitor patient intra-operative status, including patient position, vital signs, or volume and color of blood.
  • Obtain or inspect sterile or non-sterile surgical equipment, instruments, or supplies.
  • Operate sterilizing devices.
  • Pass instruments or supplies to surgeon during procedure.
  • Postoperatively inject a subcutaneous local anesthetic agent to reduce pain.
  • Prepare and apply sterile wound dressings.
  • Remove patient hair or disinfect incision sites to prepare patient for surgery.
  • Transport patients to operating room.
  • Verify the identity of patient or operative site.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer blood or other fluids intravenously.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain sterile operative fields.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

No information available.