During World War II, the need for perioperative personnel was overwhelming. The role of the surgical technologist was born and evolved into a separate allied health field. Surgical technologists serve as an integral part of the surgical team providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures.
The Association of Surgical Technologists was established in
1969 by members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American
Hospital Association (AHA), and the Association of periOperative Registered
Today, surgical technologists are working in one of
the fastest growing professions in the country. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the surgical technology profession will grow faster
than the average of all other occupations through the year 2020, and it is
anticipated that the volume of surgery will increase exponentially due to the
expanding senior population.
As the oldest and most widely recognized professional
organization for surgical technologists, AST's primary
purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists have
the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality.
AST, the only national organization that represents more than 80,000 surgical technologists, is governed by an 11-member
Board of Directors. On the local level, 50 formed state assemblies address
member concerns and issues.
Certified Surgical Technologist Definition
Surgical Technologist Job Description
Surgical Assistant Job Description
Creating the Surgical Environment - Read about how CSTs and CSFAs are specifically educated for their roles in the operative arena and actively engage in case management.
AST Code of Ethics
AST Professional Code of Conduct