Surgical first assistants must not be infected with any infectious diseases that could be transmitted to patients. Additionally surgical first assistants must:
- Be able to bend, walk, stand for long periods of time, lift carry, push, and handle equipment, supplies or patients exceeding 25 pounds.
- Be able to work in environmental temperatures from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit range.
- Be aware that exposure to latex gloves may cause the development of allergic reactions
- Be aware that their skin should be clear and free of conditions which would impair the integrity of the skin.
- HEARING: must demonstrate ability to functionally perceive the nature of sounds and spoken work. May use adaptive techniques or devices.
- SPEECH: must demonstrate the ability to functionally express self orally and or in writing.
- VISION: must be able to demonstrate the functional ability to obtain impressions of shape, size, and motion by passing routine vision screening and to distinguish red and green colors.
Mental and emotional requirements
Surgical first assistants must be able to:
- Manage stress appropriately
- Make decisions under pressure
- Prioritize tasks
- Manage anger/fear/hostility/violence of others appropriately
- Work alone or as a team member