Operation Assistant (enfermeiro/enfermeira especialista médico-cirurgico or instrumentista)

Introduction of function profile for operating assistant

As an operating assistant you offer a doctor or surgeon a helping hand when performing an operation. You prepare the operation, carry out tasks independently during the operation and you take care of the operation instruments.

The operation assistant function in brief

As an operating assistant, you are part of an operating team in which everyone has their own tasks. During surgery, the surgeon or doctor is the coordinator of the team. As an operating assistant you are responsible for the surgical instruments before, during and after the operation. For example, you prepare the instruments before surgery, give them to the doctor or surgeon during the operation and continuously monitor the sterility of the instruments. In addition, you help the doctor or surgeon with small actions during the operation.

The work of an operating assistant

You are responsible for the preparation of the operation and you ensure that the doctor or surgeon operates in the best possible conditions. During the operation you can fill in three different functions: instrumenting, walking around and assisting. Instrumentation means making the instruments ready for use and giving the right instruments to the doctor or surgeon. In the function of walking around you give extra material to the sterile team. The assistant surgical assistant helps the doctor or surgeon to attach with the operation, among other things.

The requirements and competences

An operation assistant must be able to work accurately. You also need to be analytical and transparent. Because an operation can sometimes take a long time, endurance is very important. Operations can be stressful, you also have to deal with that.