Recognizing Unsung Heroes During National Surgical Technologists Week

Surgeons and surgical technologists in an operating room.

Ask anyone in the medical field and they’ll tell you—the operating room can be a very stressful place. While surgeons and anesthesiologists (deservedly) receive high praise for the important work they do each and every day, a successful surgery is a team effort. During National Surgical Technologists Week from September 19–25, we’re celebrating the men and women who work behind the scenes to make these lifesaving efforts possible, while also highlighting our own efforts to create critical parts that improve operating room efficiency.

What Is a Surgical Technologist?

Surgical technologists prepare an operating room to run smoothly and ensure patient safety by sterilizing equipment and helping surgeons and patients before, during and after procedures. Their responsibilities include checking for necessary supplies and equipment, cleaning and preparing sterile instruments, prepping rooms for the next patient, passing necessary instruments to the surgeon and much more. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 110,000 surgical technologists working across the country today. But that could soon change—an aging American population will lead to an increased need for surgery and an increased need for surgical technologists.

Vlier in the Operating Room

The pace of medical innovation has accelerated and surgery has become a major focal point for improvement. Much like surgical technologists, our parts play a crucial role in a growing number of operations. Some of our parts used in the medical industry include:

  • Custom ball plungers used during surgical procedures to stabilize vertebral compression fractures
  • Ball detent pins used in the braking mechanism for positive engagement and disengagement on a medical cart
  • Leveling devices to provide reliable stability for oncology treatment delivery systems

How Can We Help?

Like surgical technologists across the country, Vlier is a partner you can trust in the operating room. We have more than 3,000 parts in our catalog to meet your specific needs, and when a catalog part isn’t the right fit, we’ll help you customize one for your exact design specifications. To learn more about how we’ve got your back when it comes to quality parts, we invite you to contact us.