How Technology is Shaping the Future of Surgical Technicians

HealthcareDecember 08, 2016

Today we live in a world with astonishing medical technologies. For example, the creation of robots for use in the operating room allows us to prepare and perform surgeries in a more precise way. And medical technology will only keep evolving and continue to be incorporated into these processes as the years pass.

Which raises the question – how will technology shape the future of surgical technicians?

Responsibilities of a Surgical Technician

Before delving into an answer, let’s review the duties of surgical technicians. Some of their responsibilities include preparing the operating room by sterilizing equipment, making sure there are the right tools for the surgery being performed, and preparing surgical equipment. Surgical technicians also prepare patients by disinfecting incision areas, positioning them on operating tables, and transporting patients to and from the operating room. Additionally, they pass equipment to the surgeons performing operations.

Surgical procedures are preformed more often today because a larger proportion of the population has access to healthcare, and these procedures are usually performed with the aid of technology. Operating rooms in the future will include more computers, lasers, electronics and robotics to assist with routine patient care. This doesn’t mean technology will take over all the duties of a surgical technician, but it will make their jobs easier and facilitate more processes in the operating room.

Surgical Technician Job Outlook

According to Forbes, technology lacks the versatility and adaptability that humans bring to medical care. For that reason, surgical technicians are needed to control the equipment and assist in surgical processes. This means surgical technicians have a bright future because demand will continue to increase as additional technology is incorporated into the operating room. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 15 percent employment growth from now through 2024, which is much faster than the average growth of all occupations. This growth is attributed to advances in medical technology, which will result in surgeries that are safer and more frequent.  

Starting Your Career as a Surgical Technician

If you are looking to start a career as a surgical technician, Fortis offers a program that can prepare you with the knowledge and skills to work in the profession. Click here to learn more about our surgical tech schools and training programs. 

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