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Harrisburg, PA – October 29, 2020 – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law HB81(Kauffman) which requires surgical technologists to complete an accredited education program, pass an accredited surgical technologist exam, and maintain continuing education. Surgical technologists serve as the surgeon's co-pilot and provide surgical instruments and supplies to the surgeon during a surgery. They have a primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile surgical field and ensuring the surgical team adheres to aseptic and sterile technique. During the Covid-19 pandemic, surgical technologists also have been utilized to train other hospital healthcare providers in those patient care procedures.
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