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Surgical Technician/Technologist
1/8/2019 10:37:50 AM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Public and Private Services and Resources
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Surgical Technician/Technologist assists surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other operating room staff in the preparation of patients for and during operative procedures
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The primary focus is serving in an assistive role to surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other operating room staff to prepare patients for and assist during operative procedures. The Surgical Technologist: 1. Functions under the direct supervision of a surgeon, anesthesiologist, or registered nurse 2. Prepares surgical instruments before and after procedures 3. Assists with surgical counts with the registered nurse or circulator 4. Assists the surgical team to maintain a sterile field during each procedure 5. Prepares and transports patients safely to and from the operating room 6. Passes instruments, retracts tissues to help better visualize the area of the patient where the surgical team is working 7. Assists in the operation and sterilization of operative equipment
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Successful completion of state recognized course of instruction or completion of an accredited surgical technologist/technician program
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. OSHA 1910.120 HazMat Awareness Training or military equivalent basic instruction on responding to and operating in a CBRNE MCI
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Primary source verification of employment with a providing entity such as an established health care institution, system, agency, or service Recommended: Minimum of 2 years of experience in a operative setting commensurate with the mission assignment
Physical/Medical FitnessNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Recommended: Refer to immunization recommendations for emergency responders by Centers for Disease Control
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Certification: Successful completion of one of the following professional certifications: 1. CST 2. TS-C 3. CFA
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days