ASSURING HIGHER OR QUALITY AND LOWER CARE COSTS?
For CSTs and CSFAs, it’s a matter of principles.
Skilled in the principles of asepsis and the practice of
sterile technique, Certified Surgical Technologists (CSTs)
and Certified Surgical First Assistants (CSFAs) are on the
frontlines in today’s optimal surgical environments. The
expertise these highly-trained professionals bring to the OR
contributes directly to risk reduction, cost curtailment and
quality assurance. For health care administrators tasked with
finding value-enhancing strategies for the surgical setting,
the presence of CSTs and CSFAs is evidence-based medicine
at its best.
CSTs and CSFAs are integral members of the surgical team who
work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered
nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care
before, during and after surgery.
Certified Surgical Technologist
The CST in the scrub role handles the instruments, supplies
and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.
Certified Surgical Technologists have an understanding of
the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the
surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to
ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure,
while monitoring and preserving the sterile field.
Circulating Certified Surgical Technologist
The CST in the circulating role obtains additional instruments,
supplies and equipment necessary while the surgical
procedure is in progress. The circulating surgical technologist
monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly
assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team.
Certified Surgical First Assistant
Certified Surgical Technologists who have obtained the
Certified Surgical First Assistant credential may serve in the
role of surgical first assistant, under the direct supervision of
the surgeon. As defined by the American College of
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