Surgical Assisting Guidelines and Position Statements
Certified Surgical First Assistants need to have a comprehensive publication focused on evidence-based Guidelines. These Guidelines were researched and developed, in order to aid in legislative efforts on behalf of practitioners and to provide readily available answers to questions asked by operating room supervisors.
The Guidelines will help assure patients, practitioners and allied health administrators that, from the classroom to practice, from the hospital to the surgery center, the practice of surgical assisting is aligned with the highest educational and performance standards.
The Guidelines are statements of the minimum expectation of the profession, that can be referenced by health care facilities that employ Certified Surgical First Assistants.
There are two different levels of Guidelines
Position Statements reflect a stance, viewpoint and/or perspective.
Guidelines Statements are criteria for best practices.
The Guidelines represents standards of care that are expected to be achieved.
To view the surgical assistant-related Standards of Practice, click the individual links below.
ASA Position Statement on First Assisting
Guideline Injection Local Anesthetic
Guideline Trocar Insertion
Guideline Statement for the Surgical Assistant in Robotic Surgery
CAAHEP Surgical Assisting Standards and Guidelines
Position Statement: CST Performing Dual Roles
Position Statement: First Assisting
Position Statement: Harvesting Saphenous Vein
Position Statement: Intraoperative Activation
Position Statement: Intraoperative Advancement of the Endoscope
Position Statement: Performance of Wound Closure
Position Statement: Skin Approximation
ASA Position Statement on Surgical Assisting in Robotics
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