Today we live in a world with astonishing medical technologies. The creation of robots for use in the operating room allows us to prepare and perform surgeries in a more precise way. 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?
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 they 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 today are being performed more and more often because a larger proportion of the population has access to healthcare…and 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. However, 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.
According to Forbes.com, 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 increase even more 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.
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. To find out more information visit our Surgical Technicians Program page