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Surgical Assisting Standards of Practice and Position Statements

Certified Surgical First Assistants need to have a comprehensive publication focused on evidence-based Standards of Practice. The Standards of Practice 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 Standards of Practice 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 Standards of Practice are statements of the minimum expectation of the profession, designed to be references in establishing safe practice guidelines in individual health care facilities that employ Certified Surgical First Assistants.

There are three different levels of Standards of Practice:
Position Statements reflect a stance, viewpoint and/or perspective.
Guidelines Statements are guides to best practices.
Recommended Standards of Practice are standards of care that are expected to be achieved.

To view the surgical assistant-related Standards of Practice, click the individual links below.
ASA Standard Injection of Local Anesthetics
ASA Standard 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
Resolution: Bachelor’s Degree

Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety Statements. Click the links below.
Statement: Blunt Suture Needles
Statement: Health Care Representatives
Statement: Prevention  of Retained Foreign Bodies

Cigna Reimbursement Opportunity for Florida Surgical Assistants
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