For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2011
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
On September 20, 2011 at noon the public will get an up close look at a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgical procedure at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. In recognition of National Surgical Technologist Week, local Certified Surgical Technologists are putting on a mock surgery to demonstrate the crucial responsibilities of all surgical team members, particularly the role of the surgical technologist. Dr. Troy Glembot, Director of the Winchester Medical Center Bariatric Program, will “scrub in” as the surgeon.
The Virginia Commonwealth State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists (VCSA) and thousands of surgical technologists around the country will be celebrating National Surgical Technologist Week September 18 – 24, 2011.
Surgical technologists are specifically educated to work in the operating room. They anticipate the needs of the surgeon and patient and are the surgical team’s experts in aseptic technique, having primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field. To become certified in surgical technology, an individual must graduate from an accredited surgical technology program to earn a certificate or Associate’s Degree and pass the rigorous national board exam.
The profession of surgical technology is comprised of 1,700 individuals in Virginia that is expected to grow 25 percent by 2018. Dr. Glembot states, “Every day in operating rooms throughout Virginia thousands of surgeries are being performed. Surgical procedures are complicated, and require extensive use of highly technical equipment. The proper education and training of all team members is vital to the successful outcome of all surgical patients. Surgical technologists are a critical part of this team to ensure the safe delivery of surgical care to our patients.” Surgical technologists are the experts in the operating room on sterility and preventing surgical site infections.
Sandra Luthie, VCSA President, states, “Patients assume everyone in the operating room is credentialed, yet surgical technologists remain the only member of the surgical team not required to meet minimum education and certification standards. Requiring certification will decrease surgical site infections, enhance patient safety and ensure surgical team competency.”
The event will be in the William H. McCoy Theatre at Lord Fairfax Community College, 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown, Virginia. The public is welcome to attend.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.