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Surgical Assistants

What they do:
Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.
On the job, you would:
  • Adjust and maintain operating room temperature, humidity, or lighting, according to surgeon's specifications.
  • Apply sutures, staples, clips, or other materials to close skin, facia, or subcutaneous wound layers.
  • Assess skin integrity or other body conditions upon completion of the procedure to determine if damage has occurred from body positioning.

Knowledge

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Skills

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Abilities

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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Nursing documentation software

Education

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$40,900
per year, on average
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