Surgical Tech students get specialized training

The Career Center’s Adult Technical Training Center Surgical Technology program students and instructors recently attended specialized training, hosted by Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Cambridge.

Training was led by Kay Ball an Associate Professor of Nursing at Otterbein University in Westerville, where she teaches bachelors, masters, and doctoral students. Ball also is a perioperative nurse educator and consultant; she is the Laser Program director for Mount Carmel Health and Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

The training focused on the hazards of smoke in the operating room. The smoke is caused by the Bovie Cautery device, the Bovie provides the surgeon with the ability to make precise cuts with limited blood loss, by heating the tissue with an electrical current. The smoke created by the Bovie can be equal to nine unfiltered cigarettes. Ball focused the training on the importance of using a Smoke Evacuator. The evacuator captures and filters any smoke created during procedures requiring the Bovie.

Surgical Technologist Program Advisor, Amy West, CST, A.A.S., said training sessions such as this indicate the ongoing effort of The Career Center – Adult Technical Training to ensure that both students and instructors are receiving the highest quality education.

The Career Center’s Adult Technical Training Center is located on Ohio 676. For more information on the Surgical Technologist program call 740-373-6283 or visit