The surgical first assistant prepare the patient and operating field for surgery they aid the surgeon in applying the most appropriate surgical techniques and ensures the safety and comfort of the surgical patient surgical first assistants implement safety measures before during and after surgery to increase the likelihood that the patient will have a positive medical outcome common duties include dressing wounds transporting the patient to and from the operating room and restocking . A surgical first assistant is usually the surgical assistant with the highest level of expertise and training while first assistants are expected to perform different tasks at different medical locations they are generally trained and certified to perform and be proficient in the following tasks among others. A surgical first assistant also referred to as a surgical assistant or simply a first assist works closely with surgeons in the operating room during a surgical procedure they anticipate the needs of the surgical team and during an operation assist the surgeon with tasks such as selecting equipment holding open incisions stopping bleeding closing the incision among other technical tasks. A surgical first assistant works under the direction of a supervising surgeon according to law and operating room policies in general they are responsible for positioning the patient for the operation choosing the specific equipment needed for the procedure maintaining sterility of the operating room and taking inventory surgical first assistants hold open incisions during the procedure . If you goal is to become a surgical first assistant your quickest and least expensive path is to enter a surgical technology program first and get yourself established in the field after working there for a few years enter a surgical first assistant program you can pursue your bachelor degree and i would encourage you to do so but there is no need to get that degree first in order to
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