Surgical Assistant Training

Job Description

The role of the surgical assistant is vital to the operating room and any surgical case within the operating suite. The surgical assistant provides immediate support to the surgeon and should act as a vital resource to the staff of the Operating Room suite. The surgical assistant should be knowledgeable, well rounded, helpful, and supportive of a team like an attitude. The surgical assistant is a vital source of knowledge and skills. This role is further defined as follows;


General Surgical Assistant Skills:


  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the surgeon’s preferences and specific

  • patient’s needs to the surgical team, including but not limited to suture needs, specialty supplies, and instrumentation, and equipment.

  • Facilitates a cooperative team atmosphere through professional communication.

    • Listens actively to the surgeon, patient, and the team to ensure safe patient-centered care.

    • Maintains awareness of patient monitoring and responds appropriately to potential complications.

  • Verifies all implants, supplies, and special procedure equipment is available and functional. (i.e. microscope, tourniquet, etc.)

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced knowledge of normal and pathological surgical anatomy and physiology.​​

  • Describes the assessment and management to facute trauma.

  • Responds appropriatelyto emergency conditions.


  • DemonstratesAsepticSkills:

    • Monitors the actions immediately surrounding the sterile field ensuring that integrity is maintained and/or corrected appropriately.

    • Evaluates potential causes of surgical site infections, communicating concerns, and possible corrective actions to prevent and/or treat potential contamination.

  • Acquires continuing education annually to maintain current competence and credential regarding specific skills and techniques including aseptic technique. Bases decisions on research-based evidence.


  • Participates in the education of allied health personnel including SA and ST students.