Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

The other day, I was operating on a little girl with a congenital ear abnormality. Not life and death stuff, but delicate surgery nonetheless. My surgical scrub technician was someone with whom I hadn’t worked before, and I asked him if he was enrolled in the operating room nurse training program, as many of the new folks are.

“No, I’m just a tech.”

I stopped what I was doing and replied: “You may be a tech, but you’re not just a tech.”

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