WHAT DOES THE SURGICAL ASSISTANT DO?
A Surgical Assistant assists in operations, under the supervision of surgeons. The Surgical Assistant may, in accordance with state laws, help surgeons to make incisions and close surgical sites, manipulate or remove tissues, implant surgical devices or drains, suction the surgical site, place catheters, clamp or cauterize vessels or tissue, and apply dressings to a surgical site.
To sit for the ABSA Certification Examination for Surgical Assistant you must meet the following criteria:
Physicians (U.S or Foreign Trained) with Surgical Experience
Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Surgical Assistants, Surgical Technologists:
Must provide documentation of successful completion of a formal surgical assisting training program, with curriculum approved by the ABSA.
Must have surgical experience. Individual evaluations might be reviewed by the board for professionals with documented experience.
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